Council ponders U-turn over dog ban

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CONTROVERSIAL dog bans could be scrapped.

Wyre Council is pondering a U-turn because central government are considering new laws which could supersede Dog Control Orders.

The council has angered pet owners in Thornton, Cleveleys and Poulton with proposals to prohibit dogs in some areas and require owners to keep them on leads in many others. But the Home Office is looking at a new Community Protection Order which would supersede Dog Control Orders.

Coun Peter Murphy, cabinet member with responsibility for dog control, said: “We’re seeking clarification from the Home Office on future plans.

“They have been mentioned briefly in the Government’s review of anti-social behaviour measures, but it is not obvious if the plans include scrapping dog control orders altogether.

“Because of this new development, it would be irresponsible for the council to move forward without first checking the future picture.”

Fleetwood Town councillor Alan Marsh (pictured), who has been fighting the orders in the town welcomed the news and said he hoped Wyre would adopt the green dog walkers scheme where volunteers encourage responsible behaviour.

Eileen Frain, of Cleveleys Park Dog Walkers, said: “There will be a lot of people pleased at this news.

“It will make discussions more constructive.”