CHEADLE Town Council has welcomed proposed amendments to the current Dog Control Orders.
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council is proposing to amend the 2011 Dog Control Orders under Section 55 (1) of the Clean Neighbourhood and Environment Act.
Councillor Ian Whitehouse said: "This is very welcome in the town, especially on the children's play areas.
"I've had a couple of residents come to me regarding Churchill Road Recreation Ground where people are taking dogs into the play areas."
Councillor Ray Wood added: "This has been going on for years and it's good to see it back on the agenda again, but it needs to be enforced."
Councillor Peter Elkin also welcomed the amendments, but he felt that they could have gone further.
He said: "I welcome them, but I don't think there are enough restrictions and it's very late in coming because we've been talking about this since the late 1990s; I recall taking a district council officer around the area to see which placers could be designated, and it never came to anything until now.
"I'd have liked to see the exclusion areas go further than just children's play areas."
Councillor Richard Alcock said: "I've seen people let dogs off on leads on the recreation ground in Tean Road when there are kids about."
Councillor Neil Plant said that he had also seen dogs being let off leads in Churchill Road Recreation Ground.
Town mayor councillor Ian Plant asked why nothing had been mentioned about Thorley Drive, after players were having to clean up dog mess before matches.
County councillor Mark Deaville, who is also the district council's portfolio holder for sports and leisure, said that it had been omitted in error and he would make sure that it was included.
Councillor Gary Bentley added: "The last time they were changed it caused a lot of problems with people walking their dogs who didn't know what the new orders said; can we have the actual orders laminated and put up with the signs on the recreation grounds."
The Dog Control Order amendments include additional areas and are as follows:- Staffordshire Moorlands District Council The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 - The Dog Control Orders (Prescribed Offences and Penalties, etc) Regulations 2006 - The Dogs on a Lead (Staffordshire Moorlands District Council) ( Amendment) Order 2013 - The Dogs Exclusion (Staffordshire Moorlands District Council) ( Amendment) Order 2013
Notice is hereby given that Staffordshire Moorlands District Council proposes to make amendments to the above orders under Section 55 (1) of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005. Anyone who commits an offence under any of the provisions of the proposed Dog Control Orders listed below will be liable on conviction in the Magistrates' Court to a fine of up to £1,000.
1. The Dogs on a Lead (Staffordshire Moorlands District Council) ( Amendment) Order 2013 - This order will apply to Leek Cemetery; Buxton Road Cemetery; Birch Gardens, Buxton Road, Leek; Ball Haye Gardens, Park Road, Leek; Brown Edge Lawn Cemetery, Hollington Rd, Tean; Cotton Parish Cemetery, Cotton Lane, Cotton; Ipstones Cemetery, Ipstones; Kingsley Parish Cemetery, High St, Kingsley; Onecote Parish Cemetery, Douse Lane, Onecote; Church of St Mary and St Lawrence Church Bank, Waterhouses. Under the Order it will be an offence for a person in charge of a dog not to have the dog on a lead no more that four feet in length unless he has reasonable excuse for failing to do so or the owner, occupier or other person or authority having control of the land has consented (generally or specifically to his failing to do so.
2. The Dogs Exclusion (Staffordshire Moorlands District Council) ( Amendment) Order 2013 - The Order will apply to all children's play areas owned by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council. Under the Order it would be an offence for a person in charge of a dog to take the dog onto, or permit the dog to enter or remain on, any fenced children's play area owned by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council or Alton Village Hall Playing Field, Hurstons Lane; Playing field by village hall in Bagnall, off Clewlows Bank, Bagnall; Children's play area, High Lane playing field, Brown Edge; Tean Road Recreational Ground, Tean Road, Cheadle; Church Hill Road Recreational Ground, Cheadle; Kenilworth Walk, Cheadle; Tean Recreation Ground, High Street, Tean; Checkley Play Area, Checkley Community Centre, Off Uttoxeter Road, Checkley; Cauldon Lowe Recreation Ground, Moorfields Close, Cauldon Lowe; Station Road Playing Fields, Endon; Hillswood Playing Fields, Off Hillswood Drive, Endon; Foxt Children's Play Area, at Ball Haye Green Recreational Ground, Leek; Waterhouses play area, adjacent to the school playing fields, Waterhouses; Meigh Road playing fields, Werrington; And the following cemetery and church yards/burial grounds: St Peter's, Alton; Biddulph Town Burial Ground, Congleton Rd, Biddulph; Cheadle Cemetery, St Giles The Abbot Churchyard, Park Lane, Cheadle; Endon with Stanley PC Cemetery, St Luke's Church, Endon; Forsbrook Parish Cemetery, Cheadle Rd, Forsbrook.
The offence would not apply to someone who (a) is registered as a blind person in a register compiled under section 29 of the National Assistance Act 1948 or (b) has a disability which affects his mobility, manual dexterity, physical coordination or ability to lift, carry or otherwise move everyday objects, in respect of a dog trained by a prescribed charity and upon which he relies for assistance.
Copies of the draft orders are available during normal opening hours at Leek Councils Connect, Moorlands House, Stockwell Street, Leek, Staffs, ST13 6HQ; Biddulph Councils Connect, Town Hall, High Street, Biddulph, Stoke-on-Trent, ST8 6AR; Cheadle Council Connect, 15a/17 High Street, Cheadle, Stoke-on-Trent, ST10 1AA. Any representations regarding these proposed Orders may be sent to the Council in writing by 5th January 2014 and addressed to: Victoria Ellis, Community Projects Officer, Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, Moorlands House, Stockwell Street, Leek ST13 6HQ or email@example.com
The Order is stated to then come into force 14 days after that.