DOG CONTROL CONSULTATION LITTERED WITH RESPONSES

The Council of the Isles of Scilly's public consultation on dog control has received more than 80 responses so far.

The proposed Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) will make it an offence for people in charge of a dog which poos on land under the order to fail to dispose of the mess.

 

It will also exclude dogs or require them to be kept on leads in certain areas, as well as restrict the number that can be walked by one person at a time.

 

Ignoring a PSPO can result in a £100 on-the-spot fine and up to £1,000 if it goes to court.

 

Dog Warden Charlie Flores said: "Even though we have current dog exclusion zones such as Parade Park, there's nothing to enforce them. 

 

"This is a new piece of legislation that can actually apply to the islands. Because we're covered by byelaws at the moment, we can fine people £100 but we have to take them to court to do that and the time and money it takes is a lot more than the fine itself. The PSPO allows us to give on the spot fines.

 

"Fouling is the main issue with dogs over here, just seeing them foul and not really having a streamlined way to go about solving the problem. It's something that people are really passionate about. 

 

"We've had over 80 responses to the consultation to date which is a lot more than normal with public consultations."

 

He added: "The proposed PSPO will make the process of controlling dog fouling, access to beaches etc a lot more streamlined, give us a lot more power and a lot more backing behind that power to deal with situations that dogs bring."

 

The consultation document with details of enforcement areas can be found at:

http://scilly.gov.uk/sites/default/files/document/business/Dog%20Control%20on%20the%20Isles%20of%20Scilly%20Draft%20FINAL.pdf

 

The public consultation began on April 29 and concludes on June 10.

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