A four week consultation process has begun over the potential introduction of a range of measures under a proposed Public Spaces Protection Order aimed at tackling dog fouling and the irresponsible dog owners who are blighting streets, play areas and sports pitches across Rhondda Cynon Ta
Despite the installation of one hundred and fifty new dog bins around the county borough every year, and the fact that dog poo bags are given away to dog owners for free at over one hundred locations and by enforcement officers who identify dog owners without bags, there remains some irresponsible dog owners who refuse to clean up after their dogs and keep them under control.
In response to an issue which has regularly been raised by residents, Cabinet agreed to consult to get resident’s views on a range of measures which could be introduced to tackle dog fouling.
Options being consulted on include the consideration of:
- The prohibition of dog fouling in all public places,
- A requirement that dogs are kept on leads in play grounds & cemeteries owned/maintained by the Council,
- A requirement to carry bags, or other suitable means, for the disposal of dog faeces,
- A requirement allowing Authorised Officers to give a direction that a dog be put and kept on a lead if necessary,
- A prohibition excluding dogs from all schools* and marked sports pitches owned/maintained by the Council, and
- Increasing the fixed penalty to the maximum permitted of £100
*Assistance dogs will continue to be permitted on school premises
County Borough Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, said:
“The issue of dog fouling has been a prevalent one, particularly over the last year to 18 months, and one which we have tried to tackle through awareness raising, enforcement where necessary, provision of free dog bags and the installation of 150 new dog bins across the county borough every year.
“Recent engagement with residents at consultation events and feedback received via social media has consistently flagged up dog fouling as an issue and unfortunately it is clear that there are still some irresponsible dog owners who refuse to clean up after their dogs - and it can’t continue.
“The majority of dog owners clean up after their dogs and cause no problems at all but unfortunately there are some who don’t even carry dog bags with them when they walk their dogs. In this instance officers currently provide bags free of charge to encourage them to clean up after their dogs but the introduction of a Public Spaces Protection Order would allow the Council to be much tougher on irresponsible dog owners who have no intention of cleaning up after them."
County Borough Councillor Joy Rosser, Cabinet Member for Prosperity, Well-being & Communities, added:
“There are a range of options available to Councils and through this consultation – which includes an online survey and a range of engagement events - we are seeking the views of residents regarding what measures they would like to see introduced in Rhondda Cynon Taf to tackle this issue.
"In the meantime we are grateful for the support of South Wales Police who have agreed to a joint enforcement operation involving Police and Council Enforcement staff aimed at tackling anti-social behaviour.
"Working together with the Police we can cover a wider area and clamp down on any individuals whose behaviour is having a detrimental impact on their communities and demonstrates how serious we are about tackling issues such as dog fouling and wider anti-social behaviour."
Find out more about the consultation, proposals and how you can have your say via the survey or at one of our engagement events
Consultation will close on Friday 17 March.
Posted on Friday 17th February 2017