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Dog control orders put in place

New dog control orders are now in place, giving dog owners a clear understanding of their responsibilities. Signage has been installed throughout the borough so that there should no longer be any confusion around how parks and open spaces can be used by dog owners.

This is the culmination of work we started almost a year ago now,” said Councillor Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment.

“After gauging views informally, we worked with Waltham Forest For Dogs to launch a consultation over the summer around where dogs need to be kept on the lead and where owners are required to pick up mess after their dog.

“Over 750 residents responding and we achieved majority support for all of the proposals put forward. It has allowed us to provide a consistent approach and to strike the right balance around the rights of dog owners and other residents who regularly use our parks.”

The control orders define where dogs must be kept on the lead and where dog owners can be directed to place their dog on a lead by a Council officer. They also outline the responsibility on dog owners to pick up mess after their pet.

“For responsible dog owners this will be a welcome clarification of how they can use our parks, and for irresponsible dog owners it provides fair warning about when we will enforce against breaches of the orders,” said Cllr Loakes.

“It means we can combat irresponsible dog owners who leave dog mess on sports pitches or allow their dogs to run free in children’s play areas.

“The new control orders also close loopholes by allowing us to enforce against owners who do not clean up after their dogs in cemeteries and car parks and on all public land such as Epping Forest that is owned by the Corporation of London.”

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