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Dog Control Order option for Lichfield and Burntwood parks to be discussed

Councillors are set to discuss possible Dog Control Orders in Lichfield and Burntwood.

A meeting of the operational services scrutiny committee later this week will discuss the issue of how pets are controlled by their owners in local parks.

Concerns had been raised after incidents in areas such as Burntwood Park, Stowe Fields, Darnford Park and Chase Terrace Park.

While byelaws are in place to deal with the behaviour of dogs in some Lichfield park, none exist in Burntwood.

A report to the meeting on Wednesday (January 8) steers away from a blanket Dog Control Order due to issues such as the cost of enforcement, but suggests they could be introduced in some areas of the district.

“It might be appropriate to consider introducing Orders in specific locations in the parks, for instance in and around toddler and junior play areas, on sports pitches and bowling or golf greens, or in more compact parks like Chasetown and Chase Terrace,” the report explains.

Other measures are also being considered to tackle problem dog owners, including improved signage and publicity campaigns.

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