Have your say on the proposed new dog control orders

Residents are being asked to air their views on proposals from Tower Hamlets Council on the introduction of five new Dog Control Orders (DCOs) across the borough.

The borough continues to suffer from the problem of dog fouling despite the best efforts of the council to clear it up, and of the Animal Warden Officers and Tower Hamlets Enforcement Officers to enforce anti-fouling laws and encourage more responsible dog ownership. The orders are being considered as a way of improving public spaces for everyone in the borough.

The new DCOs would seek to give greater powers to the council in tackling the problems of dog fouling and dealing with irresponsible dog owners. The DCOs would create the following offences. There is a link to the specific proposed order document after each offence listed.

The council would like to hear views from the public on these new proposed orders. All comments received during the consultation period will be considered before deciding whether to proceed with making the DCOs. The proposed DCOs were published in East End Life on February 3. The consultation is running until March 6.

Responsible dog-owners should not fear these measures and there is no suggestion that there will be a general ban on dogs being off lead in parks and open spaces.

There has been some comment on social media about the proposed “dogs on lead by direction” order. For clarification this order would only allow a council officer to require a dog-handler to put their dog on a lead in a face-to-face situation when a dog is causing or is likely to cause a nuisance. This order would not be applied by the permanent placing of notices, for example in parks. The permanent restriction on dogs would apply only to children’s play areas and fenced sports areas.

Members of the public are invited to give feedback on the proposals via email to environmental.health@towerhamlets.gov.uk or write to Andrew Weaver, Head of Environmental Health, Environmental Protection, Mulberry Place, 5 Clove Crescent, London E14 1BY. 

The consultation closes on March 6, 2014.