Newham dog ban plan hit by delay

Plans to ban dogs from 160 sites across Newham have been hit by a delay.

A system of dog control orders was agreed by the council last month and was due to come into effect next Tuesday (March 21).

But a report to Newham Council cabinet says there have been “unforeseen delays” in putting up signs to warn dog owners, which have to be in place a week before the starting date.

A new date for the dog ban has yet to be agreed, but is expected to take effect before the end of April.

The majority of 160 sites covered by the total dog ban are play and sports areas.

They include parts of West Ham Park; East Ham’s Central Park; Plashet Park; Canning Town Recreation Ground and Beckton District Park.

The requirement to keep dogs on the lead will apply at sites, including Stratford Park and King George V Park.

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In all other parts of the borough, police, street scene and parks staff will have the power to order people to put leads on their animals.

Anyone found to be flouting the rules will be given a �75 fixed penalty notice.