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Dog Control orders - the next steps

posted 29 Nov 2012, 10:17 by Tomo   [ updated 3 Dec 2012, 05:00 by Maria Larkin ]
Maria Larkin attended the recent Leisure and Community Safety Policy and Scrutiny Committee meeting held at Three Rivers Council on Wednesday 21 November.

Dog Control comes under the Public Services and Health committee, who at their last meeting were keen to hear the views of the Leisure Committee because of the leisure issues surrounding both Chorleywood House Estate and The Common.
  The results of their bi-annual survey of Chorleywood House Estate were discussed whereby this summer 5 additional questions which relate to the control of dogs were added.

Although the comments made by the general public canvassed suggested that a dog control order should be introduced, the committee came to the conclusion that they would not recommend introducing a dog control order to the full council. However they would look at putting in more dog bins.  

The Residents' Association spoke against this lack of action and the Parish Council were asked to comment and agreed that with us and that from their offices located at the entrance to Chorleywood House Estate they regularly witness vans with "professional dog walkers" arrive carrying up to 8/9 dogs and sometimes coming back twice a day. 

The Leisure committee agreed to Cllr Martin Trevett's suggestion that a further and wider consultation should be carried out, this will be reported to Public Services and Health at their January meeting who will in turn take that into account when making a recommendation to the Executive Committee in February 2013.  If this suggestion is agreed then the wider consultation would most likely be carried out in the Spring, reporting back in the new Council year after May. So some way off.

Both the Residents' Association and Chorleywood Parish Council are keen to work with the District Council to assist in any way possible for the introduction of a Dog Control Order.

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