Nottingham

Dog Control Order for Chediston Vale Park in Bestwood

Dog owners could face fines of up to £1,000 if they fail to control their dogs at a Nottingham park.

The city's first-ever Dog Control Order is being introduced at Chediston Vale Park in Bestwood from Saturday.

Those failing to clear up after their animals or do not put their dogs on the lead when instructed will be fined.

The city council said it was a "proportionate response" to the park's problems and that the order could be rolled out to other areas.

'Intimidating children'

David Scothern, from the council's community protection team, said: "We've had reports of dogs being used to intimidate people, particularly young children.

"Parents have felt they can't bring their children on to the park due to dogs roaming around."

Anyone breaching the order will get a £50 fixed penalty notice and if the fine is not paid they will be summoned to court.

Dog Control Orders can be used in relation to five aspects of dog handling which include failing to pick up a dog's mess, allowing them in areas where they should not be, not having dogs on a lead in certain areas,

Richard Antcliff, head of the city council's neighbourhood enforcement team, said: "We've only used two conditions this time to test the water.

"What we've not done is ban dogs altogether. This is not about punishing responsible dog owners. It's just about ensuring that our parks remain safe."

Maureen Watson, whose dog was killed by two unattended lurchers at another Nottingham park, has questioned whether a control order would have helped.

Her miniature poodle was attacked in Colwick Park on 17 September.

She said: "People like that, they shouldn't be allowed near people with other dogs. Will people really follow these rules?"

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