More Restrictions For Local Dog Owners Ahead?


Give your views on new Dog Control Orders

Merton residents are being asked for their views on planned new Dog Control Orders, following an increase of dog-related problems in the borough.

The consultation over the proposed orders, which include restricting the number of dogs one person can walk at any one time, will take place from September 17-November 2.

Merton is asking residents to have their say on plans for the following Dog Control Orders:

Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times – on all public roads and pavements; all public car parks; small areas of public land; open spaces of less than half a hectare (roughly the size of a small football pitch); and Council owned/maintained recreation grounds, cemeteries, church yards, allotments and sports grounds.

The council said it is considering this order due to concerns that dogs off leads can cause traffic accidents and intimidate people and animals

Dogs must be put on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer – this would apply to all public open spaces across the borough larger than half a hectare (including Morden Hall Park and Mitcham Common, but excluding Wimbledon Common, which has its own byelaws).

Merton says it is considering this order following growing reports it has received from park users whose dogs are being attacked by loose dogs whose owners have no control over them. 

The maximum number of dogs that can be walked by one person at any one time is four – applicable to all public open spaces larger than half a hectare in Merton (including Morden Hall Park and Mitcham Common, but excluding Wimbledon Common, which has its own byelaws).

Merton Council's cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regeneration, Councillor Andrew Judge, said: "We've received growing complaints about anti-social dog behaviour in public spaces and parks, including dog attacks on people and animals. While we realise most dog walkers are responsible, we do need to consider taking tougher action against those who are not. The consultation is a chance for local people to have their say on making Merton safer and cleaner."

Residents can take part in the consultation by completing the online survey at www.merton.gov.uk/dogcontrolorders  by Friday November 2.

For more information about Dog Control Orders, please call 020 8545 4109 or email  getinvolved@merton.gov.uk or visit www.merton.gov.uk/dogcontrolorders.

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September 8, 2012