Extension and variation of PSPO's for dog fouling measures to tackle irresponsible dog owners.

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* 1. Dog Fouling - Although measures taken by the Council have been successful in reducing the incidence of dog fouling, and the expectation that owners should be picking up after their dogs is now viewed as being reasonable, there are still a minority owners who continue to fail to pick up.  A blanket restriction to avoid displacement to other sites is therefore required.

Do you support the continuation of the existing power that makes it an offence if a person in charge of a dog fails to clean up its faeces on any land to which the public have access in the District?

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* 2. Dogs on leads in specified areas - East Herts Council owns 3 allotment sites in Hertford - West Street, Norwood Close, Windsor Drive. Dogs running loose in allotments can be a nuisance to other allotment holders.

Proposed Variation: To incorporate additional locations as specified in Schedule 1.

Do you support the continuation and variation of the existing power that makes it an offence to not have a dog on a lead in all East Herts Council owned allotments and other land as specified?

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* 3. Dog exclusion in specified areas - A number of locations in the parks have been designated to be dog free areas for the safety and protection of users.

Proposed Variation: To incorporate additional locations as specified in Schedule 1.

Do you support the continuation of the existing power that makes it an offence to allow a dog onto East Herts Council owned land which has been designated to exclude dogs:
• All fenced children’s playgrounds and areas which are designated and marked for children’s play
• All fenced games areas e.g. tennis, ball courts, skate parks
• All bowling greens
• Marked playing pitches – when in use for playing sports
• Additional land owned by Parish and Town Councils

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* 4. Walking more than 4 dogs - It is more difficult to adequately control more than 4 dogs. This can lead to increase in dogs fouling or dogs not being kept under control and causing a nuisance with other park users

Do you support the continuation of the existing power that makes it an offence to take more than four (4) dogs onto any East Herts Council owned land at any one time?

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* 5. Dogs on leads when directed - Most dog owners are responsible, but we do get complaints about dogs causing a nuisance to others, and this power will help authorised officers deal with specific problems.

Do you support the continuation of the existing power that makes it an offence for failing to put a dog on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer?

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* 6. Failing to produce a receptacle for picking up dog faeces - Catching irresponsible dog owners in the act of not picking up after their dog can be difficult; this measure provides an additional enforcement tool. Experience has proved that this has been a useful deterrent and helped reduce dog fouling.  Continuation of this power will assist officers in dog fouling hotspots.

Do you support the continuation of the existing power that requires dog walkers to carry a poop bag or other means for clearing up after their pet?

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