New rules on dogs in North Dorset after listening to your views

More than 800 people have had their say about where and when dogs should be allowed in public places.

North Dorset District Council has carefully considered the views’ of dog owners and the concerns of other residents who use public places such as parks.

After considering 859 responses the council has attempted to strike a balance. The result is the new North Dorset Dog Related Public Spaces Protection Order 2018, which will replace the existing order.

This decision was taken at a meeting of the district council’s cabinet and then approved by Full Council earlier this month. (19/10) The new rules will come into effect later this year.

Councillor Andrew Kerby, Community Safety and Wellbeing Portfolio Holder at North Dorset District Council, said: “Thank you to everyone who took the trouble to share their views on how dogs should be managed in public places in North Dorset. We have looked carefully at the results and have tried to strike a balance to suit the interests of all.

“North Dorset District Council encourages responsible dog ownership. Most owners are very responsible, unfortunately a small minority who do not clear-up after their dogs do cause a problem.”

The new North Dorset Dog Related Public Spaces Protection Order 2018 will be available shortly here.