IRRESPONSIBLE dog owners could be landed with a £1,000 fine under new orders proposed by the council.

Epping Forest District Council is calling on residents to have their say on the plans, which would make it an offence to fail to clean up dog mess in all public areas.

Authorised officers would also be given power to demand dogs be put on leads and to restrict the number of dogs under one person’s control to four at once.

A consultation into the planned Dog Control Orders was launched yesterday (August 2) and will last for eight weeks.

Cllr Will Breare-Hall, cabinet member for the environment, said: “The council receives a number of complaints each year about ‘professional dog walkers’ taking an excessive number of dogs onto recreational ground and public areas.”

Councillors will use the responses to help them make their final decision.

To have your say, visit the council website , call 01992 564608 or write to or visiting the Council Civic Offices.

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