DOG owners who leave their pets’ mess in public places will be handed fines after the Town Hall agreed new powers.
Proposals for council officers to be allowed to issue fines or direct owners to put their dog on a lead were approved by Blackpool Council’s executive committee at the Town Hall on Monday.
An order is also being brought in to specify areas in Blackpool – such as cemteries, Highfield Park, Cavendish Road and Louis Horrocks recreation grounds – where dogs must be kept on a lead at all times.
But plans for certain areas of the resort to be completely dog free are still to be consulted on with residents.
Coun Fred Jackson, cabinet member for streets, said: “Before the last election this was an issue that bothered many people.
“Dog related nuisance is an ongoing problem.”
There are now 92 council officers, already working in communities, who are able to issue enforcement notices to owners who do not abide by the new dog control orders.
Fines of between £50 and £80 will be handed to owners who do not clean up after their dogs, with options for a reduction in price for prompt payment.
Signage in public places will be updated to inform residents and dog owners of the rules in those areas and owners who do the right thing will be rewarded, by being entered in a prize draw to win pet food.
Existing dog-free areas, such as in children’s play areas, are to remain in place.
Coun Jackson added: “There was an issue in my own ward, Victoria ward, many years back where a child came into contact with dog foul and that has never been forgotten. It is so important that we protect children.
“This proposal has been supported and is considered proportionate and appropriate in the interest of public health.”