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Dog Control Order

July 9, 2015 by Alan woolridge in forum General Chat

#2330 Alan woolridge, 9 July 2015, 19:47

the impact of the notices that have appeared somewhat randomly throughout the village have caused a great deal of confusion, uncertainty and reaction within the dog walkers that are the target group.

Having read the minutes of the meeting on the 8th September 2014 which resulted in the order which came into effect on October 19th last year I am amazed that its implementation has been so badly handled.

Councillor Brian Spurr, Executive Member for Community Services, said: “Central Bedfordshire Council seeks to promote responsible dog ownership.

“I know that the majority of dog owners are very considerate towards others, and we hope that these new orders will help to encourage others to be just as responsible and caring.

“The aim is certainly not to put people off owning and walking dogs, but to help make our parks and countryside welcoming places for everyone.

“Dog fouling and irresponsible dog ownership can unfortunately put some people off using these areas – especially more vulnerable groups of society – so we hope that by introducing these new orders, we can improve the enjoyment of our green spaces for all residents and visitors.

DEFRA guidance states that it is important that any authority considering making a Dog Control Order is able to show that it is a necessary and proportinate reponse to problems caused by the activities of dogs and those in charge of them. That there needs be a balance between the interests of those in charge of dogs and those affected by the activities of dogs, bearing in mind the need for people, in particular children, to have access to dog free areas and areas where dogs are kept under strict control, and the need for those in charge of dogs to have access to areas where they can exercise their dogs without undue restriction.

With the random issue of notices in Eaton Bray where are those areas?

#2331 Eaton Bray Parish Council, 9 July 2015, 22:19

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Central Bedfordshire Council introduced the new Dog Control Orders from the 19th October 2014.  Anyone who fails to comply with these Dog Control Orders face a fixed penalty notice of £80 or a fine of up to £1000.

The new orders will make it an offence for anyone in charge of a dog to:

  • fail to remove dog fouling on any land in Central Bedfordshire.
  • allow a dog off a lead on any land in which ‘dogs on leads’ order applies.  This already applies to A and B roads, adjoining footpaths and verges; but it is extended to cemeteries, marked sports pitches and car parks of country parks.
  • fail to put a dog on a lead when ordered to do so by an authorised council officer, dog warden, site manager or park ranges; to be used in situations where a dog is not under proper control and is causing a nuisance to others.
  • allow their animal to enter or remain in an area from which dogs are excluded; enclosed children’s play areas and enclosed multi-use games areas.

The areas within the parish where the notices are to be sited are:

  • Bower Lane Cemetery
  • The Rye Ground
  • School Lane Recreation Ground
  • Holmans Field, off School Lane Recreation Ground

The notices have/are being erected by Central Bedfordshire Council to fall in line with the new orders.

For more information follow the link on the CBC website:

#2332 Eaton Bray Parish Council, 10 July 2015, 15:01


For further information regarding these changes, please see the following links:

(1) Consultation (Eaton Bray website; News - June 2014):

(2) Public notice – Introduction of Dog Control Orders by Central Bedfordshire Council (Eaton Bray website; News – September 2014):

#2333 Friends of Eaton Bray Dog Walkers , 13 July 2015, 16:01

We note the Dog Control Order from Central Bedfordshire. The EB Parish Council were consulted and offered these areas to come under the order.

Perhaps some consultation with the village would have meant that the orders could have been less draconian and brought in with the support of those who walk their dogs and those who use these areas for other purposes.

The distress and confusion caused lies squarely on the shoulders of the EB Parish Council.

#2340 Dogs after EB Council Muppets!!, 31 August 2015, 21:43

Sorry not quite as tactful as the previous post!! To be honest I don`t think this has been very well thought out? What fool or collection of fools came up with this stupid stipulation?? It is the biggest load of rubbish I have ever had to deal with since living in the village? Could the EB parish council please give cause for this stupid decision? I am a responsible dog owner. To my point the focus should be better focused on some of the other issues in the village and problems caused by the less responsible younger generation and our delightful friends who live around us!!  EB council wake up and smell the coffee you have alienated so many people living in the village. I am sure it is for a personal objective down to one or two of you only??

#2354 Eaton Bray Parish Council, 22 September 2015, 20:23

The Parish Council (PC)contacted Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) for more clarification regarding the Dog Control Orders implemented by CBC.  

CBC confirmed that dogs should be kept on leads in the actual play/sports facility area, i.e. play area/marked pitches; however dogs can be let off leads on the open spaces around these areas as long as the dog is kept aware from specific areas within the open space/recreation ground.

* No dogs allowed at all in/on children’s play areas.  Failure to keep dogs out/off these areas will incur a warning/fine.

* Dogs should not be allowed off lead where marked football pitches are located.  However out of football season (i.e. May-August) when the pitches are not marked dogs can be let off leads to run around.  During the football season dogs can be allowed off their leads but should be kept off the actual play/pitch areas; failure to do so will incur a warning/fine.

* Dogs must be put on a lead if causing a nuisance to other ground users.  Failure to do so will incur a warning/fine.

* No dog fouling at all times.  Failure to do so will incur a warning/fine.

* On land owned by Eaton Bray Parish Council, the PC can make the final decision as to whether a person using the open space/recreation ground is fined for failure to follow the above guidelines.

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