Have your say on dog control plans

Kirklees Council is consulting the public on plans for control of dogs in public places – including Greenhead Park – with the aim of making Kirklees a cleaner place to live. They hope the new Dog Control Orders will help make sure that dog owners behave in a responsible manner; they are not intended to discriminate against dogs or dog owners.
Dog Control Orders were introduced by the government in 2005 and are part of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act, designed to help local authorities clean up their towns and cities.
The Dog Control Orders Regulations would allow the Council to carry out enforcement on four areas – dog fouling (failing to pick up after your dog); dogs to be on leads at all times in designated areas; dogs to be put on leads on request in designated areas; and dog exclusion areas.
The council has developed maps to show where the different Dog Control Orders are proposed to apply in Kirklees. Most of Greenhead Park would be designated as an area where dog owners can be asked to put unruly dogs on a lead. Dogs would be banned from the children’s play areas, paddling pool, sports courts and skate park, and would have to be kept on a lead on the bowling greens and in the car park behind the conservatory. The proposed dog control areas are shown on this map.
The council would welcome comments on the proposals by Friday 30 March 2012 . There are more details of the proposals, and how to give your views, on the council’s website.