Taking lead on new public space orders

Promotional days will take place in Derbyshire Dales parks during the Spring Bank Holiday week to educate people about new public space protection orders that came into force recently.

The District Council's so-far unnamed mascot dog will be making an appearance and staff will be giving away balloons, furry bugs, dog poo bags, poo bag dispensers, pens, rulers, dog treats and literature.

Derbyshire Dales Parks and Street Scene staff members Helen Carrington and Helen Spencer (in the dog outfit), will be leading the promotional daysChildren will be invited to name the mascot dog in our picture and complete a mini quiz to qualify for a draw to win a week's worth of free activities at one of the District Council's leisure centres in Ashbourne, Bakewell, Matlock and Wirksworth.

Also up for grabs are a family ticket to the District Council's Matlock Bath Illuminations and a £10 Co-op shopping voucher.

The 'Responsible Dog Days' will take place from 11am to 4pm at Bakewell Recreation Ground on Tuesday 26 May, Matlock Hall Leys Park on Wednesday 27th and Ashbourne Recreation Ground on Friday the 29th.

New orders became law in public spaces across the Derbyshire Dales from 1 April following a public consultation - and exclusion orders and a dogs-on-leads policy have been adopted in certain areas.

Council workers now have powers to issue a £100 fixed penalty notice to dog owners who fail to remove dog mess left by their animals in public places. A maximum £1,000 fine can be imposed if the matter goes to court.

A District Council spokesperson said:

"The new orders balance the needs of responsible dog owners against the interests of those affected by dogs, particularly children.

"Educating local people and visitors who regular use our parks and open spaces is a big part of measures that encourage dog owners to act responsibly

"Dog fouling complaints lodged with the District Council have doubled in recent years and we spend £830,000 on street cleaning every year - including the cost of emptying 350 dog waste bins."

Dogs are now banned from enclosed children's play areas and must be kept on leads in cemeteries, churchyards and ornamental gardens, but can continue to be allowed to exercise off the lead on open sports pitches, though some popular locations are 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.

  • The full list of sites affected by dog orders can be viewed online.

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