14:47 Wednesday 09 January 2013

Stretton councillors challenge dog order complaint


A COMPLAINT over a council’s decision to drop its proposed controversial dog control orders has been made.

Stretton Parish Council received a complaint after a resident discovered dog orders will not be put in place in various areas of the village.

Last month, around 30 dog owners attended the council meeting to argue their case against the dog orders which they said were unfair to responsible owners.

It was back in April, that parish council members had voted to request East Staffordshire Borough Council to make it illegal to let dogs off the leads at Hillfield playing fields, Bitham Lane community park, Station Walk, the Jinny Nature Trail, and woodland off Hillfield Lane and Beech Lane.

Dog owners challenged the council saying the new orders would make no difference and wouldn’t be policed.

The new complaint argued that incidents of faeces still appearing in the village. The council said that these were only personal observations and gave no information.

A spokesman for the council said: “Last month we counted 30 dog owners who came to the meeting wanting to remove our proposed dog control orders. We did and that is democracy.”

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