Erewash residents are being asked for their views on proposals to extend powers to take action against irresponsible dog owners in the borough.

An online survey has been launched by Erewash Borough Council, with the six-week consultation running until Thursday 1 October.

An existing order which regulates dog control in Erewash will lapse on 20 October this year and the council now wants feedback from the public on proposals to increase powers, including:

• Extending the land types on which people have to clear up after their dogs, meaning the regulation will apply to all land open to the air to which the public has access. Included in this is the proposal to exclude dogs from certain areas and require all dogs be on leads in specified locations.

• A proposal to allow authorised officers to ask a person in control of a dog to prove they have the means – such as poo bags – to clear up after their pet/s. This new power is aimed at helping officers tackle dog fouling concerns.

All the proposals would fall under a Public Space Protection Order and anyone breaching the conditions could be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice or face legal proceeding in certain cases.

Councillor Garry Hickton, Erewash Borough council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:

“The new Order would back up the existing regulations but will also give new powers as the drive continues to crack down on irresponsible dog owners. Dog fouling and those owners who let their dogs off the lead but have no proper control over them remain big concerns for our residents.

“We know the vast majority of owners are responsible and share the concerns. This new Order would reinforce and extend the controls already in place, which includes keeping dogs on a lead in sensitive areas like cemeteries and children’s play areas. Please take time to fill in our survey to help us put these new powers in place.”

For more information about the survey please contact Scott Cartledge, Neighbourhood Warden Manager, Erewash Borough Council, Merlin House, Merlin Way, Ilkeston, DE7 4RA. Call 0115 907 2244.