Have your say on dog control orders

Merton Council is asking residents if they think the current rules for dog walkers and owners are adequate or should be extended in order to keep the borough clean and safe. The deadline for responses is 30 October 2017.

The consultation, which has recently been launched, asks if fines should continue to be imposed on dog walkers and owners who fail to clear up after dogs in their care. It also asks whether the council and police should have the authority to instruct those in charge of dogs to put them on a lead and if the number of dogs one person can walk at any one time should be limited to a maximum of four.

The council will consider all views put forward when it draws up a set of powers as part of the new borough-wide Public Space Protection Order which will replace existing laws on dog control.

Merton Council cabinet member for community and culture Councillor Nick Draper said: “The consultation is about finding out the best way in which we can all promote responsible dog walking in Merton’s parks and open spaces. It’s important we encourage people to handle their dogs in a responsible way so that our parks and green spaces are kept safe and clean for all park users.”

Find out more and take part in the consultation