Council plans to tighten the leash on dog owners

PLANS have been drawn up to ban dogs from play areas, sports grounds and some public gardens in Newham.

Canines would be barred from 137 locations, including parts of West Ham Park, Star Park, Central Park and Thames Barrier Park.

And they would have to wear leads in a further 11 locations. These are: Stratford area: Abbey Lane Open Space; Sandal Street Amenity Area; Stratford Park; West Ham Park. Custom House area: Ashburton Woodland; Ham Creek Wood; King George V Park; Star Park. East Ham/Beckton area: Barking Road Recreation Ground; Brampton Park and Cuckhold’s Haven.

Other restrictions being considered include limiting to four the number of dogs a person may take out in public and making it compulsory for dog walkers to clean up the animals’ mess.

Also, when requested, owners should ensure dogs are on leads in an open area, highways, footpaths, verges, alleyways and some parks.

Anyone breaching the planned Dog Control Orders could face an on-the-spot fine of �75 or face prosecution.

Newham Council say the orders would replace laws against fouling and dog control bye-laws.

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The Town Hall want the public’s views on the plans. Consultation ends on January 14. The results will be reported to the Mayor and Cabinet followed by the full council in February, when a decision is expected.

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