Your District Council has published a full list of sites affected by new dog orders that become law in public spaces across the Derbyshire Dales from 1 April 2015.
After listening to residents' views, our Environment Committee approved plans on 26 February to adopt exclusion orders and a dogs-on-leads policy in certain areas - and give council workers powers to issue fixed penalty notices to dog owners who fail to remove dog mess left by their animals in public places.
Here's the list of sites [PDF 42KB] covered by the new dog orders.
The orders seek to balance the needs of responsible dog owners against the interests of those affected by dogs, particularly children.
- REPORT IT! Report dog fouling using our online form.
There's a cost and efficiency element to the new dog orders too: In addition to spending £830,000 on street cleaning every year - including the cost of emptying 350 dog waste bins across the district - dog fouling complaints have doubled in the Derbyshire Dales in recent years.
100% of people responding to our consultation on the issue supported the proposed dog fouling order and excluding dogs from enclosed children's play areas, but some concerns were expressed about the possibility of excluding dogs from some open sports pitches.
There was support for dogs being kept on leads in cemeteries, churchyards and ornamental gardens, but objections to the possibility of dogs being forced to be kept on leads in large recreational spaces such as the District Council's main parks in Ashbourne, Bakewell and Matlock.
The compromise is that dogs can continue to be allowed to exercise off the lead on open sports pitches from 1 April, but some popular locations could be restricted to a dogs-on-leads policy at certain times.
Dogs are excluded from wet and dry play areas in Matlock's Hall Leys Park and the Recreation Grounds in Ashbourne and Bakewell – and have to be kept on leads in the rest of the grounds between 11am and 4pm.
This restriction will protect other park users and also protects the welfare of dogs by allowing them to be exercised freely, off the lead, before 11am and after 4pm. These areas will also be covered by a Lead by Direction Order and therefore an officer will be able to direct a dog owner to put the dog on a lead after 4pm or before 11am, should the need arise.
Anyone failing to comply once an order is in place will be issued with a fixed penalty notice by District Council staff or could risk prosecution. A fine of up to £1,000 could be imposed on conviction in a Magistrates' Court. However, it is proposed to offer a fixed penalty notice of £100, reduced to £75 if payment is made early, as an alternative to prosecution. In the consultation, 88% supported the level of the fixed penalty fine.
The public consultation, which followed an earlier more general dog fouling survey – took place between November last year and January 2015.