Should laws tightening leash on dogs in The Carrs be extended?


Cheshire East Council is to ask residents if they want to see some special orders, including the control of dogs and dog fouling The Carrs extended for a further three years.

A number of orders – known as public space protection orders (PSPOs) – were introduced across the borough to tackle anti-social behaviour, criminal activity and dog fouling and the council is now seeking to extend them for a further three years.

The council is seeking to extend the borough-wide PSPO, introduced in November 2017, that applies to dog fouling and dog control, making it an offence punishable by an on-the-spot penalty if an owner fails to clean up after their dog.

A further separate order relates to The Carrs where there has been a specific problem with dogs and dog fouling. A bespoke order has been in place within the park since 2012 to control dogs off leads and to limit the number of dogs per owner.

The council must review the orders after a three-year period and a number of current PSPOs are due for review before October this year. The council wishes to continue the orders but residents have the opportunity to voice their views now.

Residents are being asking for their views on the proposed new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) for dog fouling and dog control within The Carrs Park. The new order has converted all elements of the current 4 PSPO's that will expire at midnight on 19th October 2020.

The order makes it an offence for a person in charge of a dog, without reasonable excuse, to fail to pick up after the dog and for one person to be in charge of more than four dogs in The Carrs.
It is also an offence for dogs not to be kept on leads in specific areas of the park, such as north of the River Bollin, which includes both the playing fields and children's play area.

Additionally, it is an offence for a dog owner not to put and keep a dog on a lead when told to do so by an authorised officer of the Council. This area would cover the whole of the park, with the exception of the area covered by the Dogs on Leads order.

Councillor Mick Warren, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for communities, said: "Dog fouling is one of the biggest concerns that our residents have and the council will continue to crack down on irresponsible dog owners who fail to clean up after their pets and owners who fail to control their dogs in public places."

The consultations are available on the Cheshire East Council website and will run for six weeks until Monday 10th August.

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Mike Jones
Tuesday 30th June 2020 at 3:56 pm
As a resident of Broad Walk, backing onto the Carrs, and the owner of a dog which we exercise every day in the Carrs and Styal Mill, I fully support the continuance of these restrictions. There is simply no excuse for failing to clean up after your pet.