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Dog controls orders to be extended across the Staffordshire Moorlands

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: April 03, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

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APPROVAL has been given for dog controls orders to be extended at several locations across the Staffordshire Moorlands.

Members of the district council’s service delivery overview and scrutiny panel have agreed with recommendations that the order should be extended and brought into operation.

The moves comes after several town and parish councils have confirmed the areas that they have requested to be included in a new amended order.

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council ruling cabinet approved the introduction of four Dog Control Orders in January 2011.

These were for The Fouling of Land by Dogs Order; The Dogs on a Lead Order; The Dogs on Lead by Direction Order and The Dogs Exclusion Order.

Following consideration of the representations received the Orders came into force in June 2011.

Areas where it became an offence to let a dog off its lead included Leek Cemetery; Buxton Road Cemetery, Leek; Birch Gardens in Buxton Road, Leek; and Ball Haye Gardens, in Park Road, Leek.

In a report to members of the district council’s service delivery overview and scrutiny panel meeting, executive director, Dai Larner, said: “In light of requests from a number of parish and town councils it was agreed when making the 2011 Orders that the district council would formally consult on extending it to include cemeteries and fenced children’s playgrounds owned by town and parish councils.

“As a result, the district council’s consulted all town and parish councils within Staffordshire Moorlands during 2011/2012 with a view to extending the Dog Control Orders within their areas.

“Several town and parish councils have now confirmed in writing the areas they requested to be included.”

Speaking at last week’s meeting, Whiston councillor Elsie Fallows, said: “We have a football pitch that is not fenced. We have asked for dogs not to go in to the area, but have been told that because it is not fenced nothing can be done about it. Kingsley Parish Council has a notice that no animals go on the village recreation ground, but it still goes on.”

Council officer David Smith said: “Town and parish councils can take on their own areas, but have to consider how it is to be enforced and also the cost of any prosecution.

“If a prosecution take place on a fenced children’s play area you have to make sure it is marked.

“It is very difficult when areas merged and people do not know when they are in a certain area.”

The issue is to be fully approved by the district council’s ruling cabinet next Tuesday.

The areas where the Order is to be brought in are:

Locations of cemeteries where dogs are to be kept on a

lead:

Brown Edge Lawn Cemetery, Boardmans Bank, Brown Edge.

Caverswall Cemetery, Caverswall

Checkley Parish Cemetery, Hollington Road, Tean

Cotton Parish Cemetery, Cotton Lane, Cotton.

Ipstones Cemetery, Church Lane

Kingsley Parish Cemetery, High Street, Kingsley

Onecote Parish Cemetery, Douse Lane, Onecote

Waterhouses Church of St Mary and St Lawrence Church Bank, Waterhouses

Ward Locations of Children Play Areas where dogs are to be

excluded:

Alton Village Hall Playing Field, Hurstons Lane ST10 4AP

Bagnall Playing field by village hall in Bagnall, off Clewlows Bank

Brown Edge children's play area, High Lane playing field, Brown Edge

Cheadle Tean Road Recreation Ground, Tean Road, Cheadle

Churchill Road Recreation Ground, Cheadle

Kenilworth Walk, Cheadle

Checkley Tean Recreation Ground, High Street, Tean;

Checkley Play Area, Checkley Community Centre, off Uttoxeter

Road

Cotton Cauldon Low Recreation Ground, Moorfields Close, Cauldon Lowe

Endon with Stanley Station Road playing fields, Endon

Hillswood Playing Fields, off Hillswood Drive, Endon

Foxt children’s play area, Foxt

Forsbrook Blythe Bridge Recreation Ground, The Avenue, Blythe Bridge

Leek Play area at Ball Haye Green Recreation Ground, Leek

Waterhouses Play Area, adjacent the school playing fields, Waterhouses

Werrington Meigh Road playing fields.

Location of cemeteries where dogs are to be excluded:

Alton, the churchyard and graveyard associated with St Peter’s

Biddulph Town Burial Ground, Congleton Rd, Biddulph.

Cheadle Cemetery, St Giles The Abbot Churchyard, Park Lane.

Endon with Stanley PC Cemetery, St Luke's Church, Endon

Forsbrook Parish Cemetery, Cheadle Road, Forsbrook

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  • ecartak808  |  April 03 2014, 2:33PM

    Surely the responsibility here lies with the dogs owners? The dogs themselves perceive anywhere as a suitable place to relieve themselves when the need arises as do humans, only humans are generally more private and go to the appropiate place. Dogs, as with all animals that see all areas that they may roam as their 'open space' will decide where is a suitable place to dump. Therefore: as responsible owners who love and look after their dogs whilst having respect and common decency for others who walk the same walk should really be picking up after their beloved pooches so as to not give themselves a bad impression of being "too lazy".

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