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Appendix 1 – Proposed measures put forward for consultation only.

 

1.     Allowing a dog to foul without picking it up (Existing Measure).

·           Increase the FPN for dog fouling to £100

·           Make it an offence to fail to provide, when asked by an authorised officer, a name and address in relation to a fouling incident

 

2.     Allowing dogs in designated play areas (i.e. dogs are not allowed in specified areas where slides, swings and/or other climbing/ play equipment is located including Council owned tennis courts).  (Extension of existing measure)

·           Expansion on the existing dog control order to include exclusion of dogs from all children's play areas, not just fenced play areas.  

·           Increase the Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) for this offence to £100, in line with other offences

·           Make it an offence to fail to provide, when asked by an authorised officer, a name and address in relation to an incident of not keeping a dog out of an excluded area

 

3.     Allowing dogs to enter Vinter’s Park Crematorium and grounds without having received permission from the Bereavement Services Manager (Existing Measure).

·           Prohibit dogs from entering Maidstone Crematorium and grounds unless prior agreement has been sought from the Bereavement Services Manager in special circumstances.

·           Introduce a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) for this offence to £100, in line with other offences.

·           Make it an offence to fail to provide, when asked by an authorised officer, a name and address in relation to an incident of not keeping a dog out of an excluded area.

 

4.     Failing to put a dog on a lead when asked to do so by an authorised officer (New measure)

•    Make it a legal requirement for a person in charge of a dog to comply with a request from an authorised officer to put a dog on a lead.

•    Introduce a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) for this offence to £100, in line with other offences.

•    Make it an offence to fail to provide, when asked by an authorised officer, a name and address in relation to failing to comply with putting a dog on a lead upon request.

 

5.     Failing to keep dog(s) on a lead within the grounds of Sutton Road Cemetery. (New measure)

•    Make it an requirement that dogs are kept on leads whilst in the grounds of Maidstone Cemetery

•    Introduce a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) for this offence of £100, in line with other offences

•    Make it an offence to fail to provide, when asked by an authorised officer, a name and address in relation to an incident of not keeping a dog on lead in Maidstone Cemetery

 

6.     Allowing a dog to stray (i.e. it will be an offence to allow a dog to wander/roam loose/exercise without a responsible dog owner present). (New measure)

•    Replace the current “collection fee” with a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) for this offence of £100 (£80 if paid within 14 days)

•    Make it an offence to fail to provide, when asked by an authorised officer, a name and address in relation to allowing a dog to stray in the Borough of Maidstone.