As we previously mentioned, the Council is consulting on dog control in Hackney.
Out of control dogs have been an issue in several areas in the ward, so now is the chance to have your say.
The vast majority of dog owners in the borough are responsible. However, feedback from residents and park users has revealed that they are concerned by dogs off their leads, aggressive dogs and dogs in children's play areas, and the consultation is being carried out in direct response to these concerns.
Dog Control Orders, introduced under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005, give Local Authorities the power to tackle a variety of dog nuisances. The Council is considering adopting a number of these orders and wants to hear what residents think about the proposals.
The orders being consulted on are:
A 'dog exclusion' order, which would enable the Council to stop dogs from entering certain areas including children's playgrounds, sports courts, multi-use games areas, and marked pitches where games are in-play
A 'dogs on leads' order, which would stop owners from exercising dogs off-lead on roads or towpaths or in car parks, communal areas on estates, churchyards and small public parks and gardens under half a hectare in size
A 'dogs on leads where requested' order, which would give officers the power to request that dogs are put on leads where they are not under the appropriate control of their owner, or where they are causing damage or acting aggressively.
The consultation is live until 14th August and can be filled in online or downloaded here. There are different proposals for different types of public spaces so please do take the time to read through the different options. There is more background in this leaflet here.