Should laws tightening leash on dogs in town park be extended?

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Cheshire East Council is to ask residents if they want to see some special orders, including the control of dogs and dog fouling The Carrs extended for a further three years.

A number of orders – known as public space protection orders (PSPOs) – were introduced across the borough to tackle anti-social behaviour, criminal activity and dog fouling and the council is now seeking to extend them for a further three years.

The council is seeking to extend the borough-wide PSPO, introduced in November 2017, that applies to dog fouling and dog control, making it an offence punishable by an on-the-spot penalty if an owner fails to clean up after their dog.

A further separate order relates to The Carrs where there has been a specific problem with dogs and dog fouling. A bespoke order has been in place within the park since 2012 to control dogs off leads and to limit the number of dogs per owner.

The council must review the orders after a three-year period and a number of current PSPOs are due for review before October this year. The council wishes to continue the orders but residents have the opportunity to voice their views now.

Residents are being asking for their views on the proposed new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) for dog fouling and dog control within The Carrs Park. The new order has converted all elements of the current 4 PSPO's that will expire at midnight on 19th October 2020.

The order makes it an offence for a person in charge of a dog, without reasonable excuse, to fail to pick up after the dog and for one person to be in charge of more than four dogs in The Carrs.
It is also an offence for dogs not to be kept on leads in specific areas of the park, such as north of the River Bollin, which includes both the playing fields and children's play area.

Additionally, it is an offence for a dog owner not to put and keep a dog on a lead when told to do so by an authorised officer of the Council. This area would cover the whole of the park, with the exception of the area covered by the Dogs on Leads order.

Councillor Mick Warren, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for communities, said: "Dog fouling is one of the biggest concerns that our residents have and the council will continue to crack down on irresponsible dog owners who fail to clean up after their pets and owners who fail to control their dogs in public places."

The consultations are available on the Cheshire East Council website and will run for six weeks until Monday 10th August.

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Comments

Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Jo Crinson
Tuesday 30th June 2020 at 9:56 pm
The Carr’s is a beautiful park and ideal for exercising for both people and dogs. It would spoil my enjoyment if restrictive lead orders were placed over the whole of the park. My experience over the last 15 years of walking there with my dog is that dogs are well socialised and owners are responsible.
I wasn’t aware that dog fouling was an issue on the park itself, but do see bagged dog poo in the woods going over to Styal Mill. I fully support the on the spot fines for irresponsible owners who don’t pick up, and this fine should be doubled or trebled for those who do pick up and then leave bagged poo. Whatever is wrong with these people??
Lynne Prescott
Wednesday 1st July 2020 at 4:18 pm
Jo Crimson - the order has been in place from 2012 and all they are asking is to extend its timeframe for another 3 years. So the way you currently enjoy the park is not changing. Perhaps that's why you are not seeing the dog-fouling problem in The Carrs?
Simon Rodrigues
Wednesday 1st July 2020 at 5:26 pm
Never agree taking dogs off the lead in a public place managed it with a chow x alsation using an extending lead. Ultimately a dog has its own mind and if it decides its doing something is not going to ask permission first.
Debra Conroy
Thursday 2nd July 2020 at 10:31 am
Most dogs and their owners are well behaved but sadly it is spoilt by a few irresponsible ones. Following the poisoning rumours, I no longer visit and prefer to take my dogs elsewhere. In all of the years I have been walking my dogs here, I have never once witnessed anyone enforcing the rules. There is so much litter following a sunny day that the park is not worth visiting. Perhaps the park should be patrolled on hot, sunny days and fines should be issued to the people littering. There are better places to exercise your furry friends.
Marcia McGrail
Thursday 2nd July 2020 at 10:42 am
Nobody has complained that these orders are inappropriate, have they? It is sad that such orders are necessary to reinforce simple common sense and courtesy but clearly a necessary legal restraint on those, admittedly few (but it doesn't take many, does it?), despoilers of our quietly eroding green spaces.
Helen Hawkins
Thursday 2nd July 2020 at 11:59 am
We are very lucky to have the park in Wilmslow for all to enjoy( including dogs.) I agreed with Lynne, no one has complained about the current order, we should have it extended.
I have seen bags of dog wastes hanging on the trees by irresponsible owners. There are very young children who are not used to dog and perhaps are weary of them. Owners should ensure dogs are on leads near playground, this is not always the case, they are often either on their phones or chatting to friends, failing to notice what’s happening around them.

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