Epping Forest District Council launches consultation into new dog control orders

EPPING FOREST: Consultation into dog owner restrictions gets under way

EPPING FOREST: Consultation into dog owner restrictions gets under way

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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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4:17pm Fri 3 Aug 12

inézc says...

I have been concerned for many years too about the rise in "status" dogs such as Staffies which are regularly seen around East London and which now seem to be creeping into Epping Forest districr too. Something really needs to be done, such as a registration system, to at least make such owners traceable and accountable as well.
I have been concerned for many years too about the rise in "status" dogs such as Staffies which are regularly seen around East London and which now seem to be creeping into Epping Forest districr too. Something really needs to be done, such as a registration system, to at least make such owners traceable and accountable as well. inézc
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3:50pm Sun 5 Aug 12

ann marston says...

Dogs and their owners should have the same rights as cyclists ,joggers horseriders and anybody else that uses our area nobody would dream of fining a horse rider for fouling in the forest of course dogs should be well trained and cleaned up after. We keep our well trained staffie on a lead unless it is safe to let her off but cyclists are far more dangerous than any well trained dog on a footpath.
Dogs and their owners should have the same rights as cyclists ,joggers horseriders and anybody else that uses our area nobody would dream of fining a horse rider for fouling in the forest of course dogs should be well trained and cleaned up after. We keep our well trained staffie on a lead unless it is safe to let her off but cyclists are far more dangerous than any well trained dog on a footpath. ann marston
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11:59am Mon 6 Aug 12

villager1 says...

This consultation is flawed - there is nothing as far as I can see to stop anyone completing this questionnaire 1000 times thereby influencing the results either way - surely it is not beyond the capability of EFDC to stop this happening (oops maybe I should not have told people but if I have thought of it so would others); secondly the consultation does not address the issue of resouces for enforcement - surely the key to all of this.
This consultation is flawed - there is nothing as far as I can see to stop anyone completing this questionnaire 1000 times thereby influencing the results either way - surely it is not beyond the capability of EFDC to stop this happening (oops maybe I should not have told people but if I have thought of it so would others); secondly the consultation does not address the issue of resouces for enforcement - surely the key to all of this. villager1
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