IT’S new way of walking for Ellie the dog –and thousands like her across Wyre.
And when Wyre Council launched its new dog control plans there was the chance to have a good look at the new rules which, it is hoped, will bring safer and cleaner parks and streets.
The orders are being enforced for the first time in Fleetwood, with the scheme expanded to other areas of the borough later this year.
Ellie’s owner, Lesley McLaughlin of Albany Road, Fleetwood, said: “I think it’s a good idea because you will always get one person who won’t clear up after their dog.”
In most parts of the borough, dogs must be kept on leads and in some parks they must be put on the lead when requested by a council officer.
Dogs are banned from certain areas. In Fleetwood these include the Euston Park, children’s play areas, marked sports pitches, cenotaphs, Broadwater Wood and pitch and putt courses.
Animals will be allowed off the lead to run about on the beach, although from May to September they will be excluded from Fleetwood beach between Promenade Road and the former pier site.
Peter Murphy, Wyre Council’s street scene cabinet member, said: “There was concern about the orders from responsible dog owners who said they had control of their dogs.
“But we have to look at other dog owners.
“Our officers and PCSOs will be out asking dog owners to put their dogs on leads and pick up after their dogs.
“It’s mainly to do with dog fouling – it’s a massive issue.
“I walk on the Promenade between Fleetwood and Cleveleys and there is a problem in areas within about 25 yards of where there are paths onto the seafront.
“People just let their dogs off the lead to create mess.
“And it should be remembered when people pick up after their dogs they can put the bags in any litter bin.”
The council will also be listening to pet owners by forming a focus group. The first 25 volunteers will receive a free Muksak – an airtight plastic container to hold poop bags.
A small number will also be available at a cost of £6.50.
Those interested in joining the focus group should visit the website www.wyre.gov.uk/dogs.