Lancashire

Dog mess controversy council plans new control orders

A council at the centre of a media storm when it was disclosed dogs were encouraged to foul in a street for a television programme is planning to introduce strict dog control orders.

BBC producers took pets and owners to Preston in Lancashire for a series called The Street That Cut Everything.

The series charts how residents would manage if council services were withdrawn, including street cleaning.

It was attacked by Preston Council's Conservative leader Ken Hudson.

He said it was not a good way to spend licence fee payers' money, nor was it good television.

Preston City Council has announced proposals to introduce four dog control orders in the city which are now open to formal consultation.

'Public concern'

They include new regulations on cleaning up after dogs, keeping them on leads and excluding them from certain areas such as playgrounds.

Christine Thomas, cabinet member for community services, said: "Dog fouling and dog control issues are matters of considerable public concern in Preston, and it is hoped that introducing dog control orders will enable the council to deal with irresponsible dog owners more effectively."

Residents living on the street have been given a council tax rebate but do not have refuse collection, street cleaning or street lights.

The BBC said the programme would explore how a community faces up to the choices involved in living in an era of cuts, and examine the way in which people act as a group when confronted with limited resources and difficult decisions.

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