Torfaen council is asking residents to have their say on changes to dog controls in the borough.
Currently it is an offence to fail to remove dog fouling on any land to which the public has access, or to allow dogs onto school grounds, designated play areas or marked sports pitches. Dogs are also excluded from the lapwing breeding area near Garn Lakes Nature Reserve in Blaenavon.
Under a new Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) failure to remove dog fouling would remain an offence, but the current dog exclusion zones would be revised to reduce the number from around 250 to 150. School grounds, designated play areas, marked sports pitches and the lapwing breeding area would remain exclusion zones but many of these areas will have their boundaries revised.
The new order would also introduce two Dogs on Leads areas for specific parts of Cwmbran Boating Lake and Garn Lakes Local Nature Reserve. This would be a new offence and is being considered in response to concerns raised about dog on dog attacks, risks to wildlife and conflicts between different users of these areas.
Failure to comply with a PSPO will result in a fixed penalty notice of £100. Failure to pay the Fixed Penalty Notice will result in legal action which could result in a maximum fine of £1000.
Councillor Fiona Cross, executive member for the environment, said: “Since the existing Dog Control Orders were introduced in 2013 new legislation has been introduced replacing them with Public Spaces Protection Orders and as part of this process the council is taking the opportunity to review existing dog controls.
“We have listened to what residents have been telling us and while it is impossible to please everyone we have drafted proposals that we think are fair and will provide a more enjoyable experience for everyone using our parks and open spaces.
“These are just proposals at this stage and I would urge anyone who wants to contribute to this consultation to have their say online, or visit one of our drop in sessions.”
The consultation will be available at https://getinvolved.torfaen.gov.uk from Wednesday 15 November until Wednesday 15 December
The plans can also be viewed in person at the council offices at Tŷ Blaen Torfaen, Panteg Way, New Inn from Monday to Thursday, 9am until 5pm, and on Fridays from 9am until 4:30pm.
There will also be a series of drop in sessions on the following dates for anyone wishing to complete the consultation in person:
Monday 27 November. Blaenavon Workingmen’s Hall. 12pm – 2pm.
Wednesday 29 November. Pontypool Active Living Centre. 12pm – 2pm.
Friday 1 December. Cwmbran Library. 12pm – 2pm.