Upcoming consultation on responsible dog ownership

Stockport Council will be consulting on proposals to promote responsible dog ownership in the Borough.

The Council understands that the majority of dog owners are responsible and look after both their dogs and their local environment. The Council, however, continues to receive complaints about dog fouling and irresponsible dog owners across the Borough.

In response to these complaints, the Council will be consulting on proposals to introduce a number of additional measures that it believes will promote responsible dog ownership in the Borough.

These proposals include:

  • Strengthen the existing provisions to prevent dog fouling by increasing the current fine from £50 to £100
  • Excluding dogs from enclosed children’s play areas and other enclosed sports areas
  • Requiring dogs to be kept on leads in cemeteries and around bowling greens
  • No more than four dogs to be under the control of one person in parks and other public open areas
  • Requiring people to have dog bags or the means to pick up after their dog when they are walking their dog
  • Require people to put dogs on a lead when requested by an authorised officer

The Council wants to hear the views of the community on this important matter. The consultation will be starting at the end of March and will run until the beginning of June. Once this consultation has taken place, the Council will take a decision on what measures to introduce.

The consultation will be published on the Council’s website and will be sent to interested parties for their views. This is part of the ‘We Love Stockport – Be Proud of Where You Live’ campaign that is underway across the Borough.

Cllr Sheila Bailey, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, said: “The Council is committed to improving the environment in Stockport. Dog fouling is one of the biggest causes of complaints from the public and, by doubling the fine from £50 to £100, we want to send out a strong message that it is not acceptable not to pick up after your dog.

“The other measures are designed to promote responsible dog ownership. We know the vast majority of dog owners are considerate and do care about the local environment. We want to make sure that the Council’s greenspaces and public areas can be enjoyed by everybody.”