New dog control orders are now in force across the district giving council officers the power to issue irresponsible dog owners with an £80 fine.
The new orders have replaced the existing by-laws, and after a public consultation earlier this year, the following orders have now been put in place:
* Dog owners must remove dog faeces from all land that the public has access to
* Dogs are not allowed on enclosed sports pitches, children’s playgrounds or the splash pool in Happy Mount Park
* Dogs must be put and kept on a lead when directed to do so by an officer authorised in writing by the council
* Dogs must also be kept on leads in the following defined areas in the district
* All public highways, pavements and adjoining verges, including Morecambe promenade and pedestrianised areas (but excluding unclassified minor rural roads)
* Car parks and public vehicle parking areas maintained by the council
* Cemeteries, graveyards, burial grounds and crematorium grounds
* Dallas Gardens, Lancaster and Hall Park (Torrisholme), Regent Park and Happy Mount Park in Morecambe.
The council has also agreed that the dog exclusion areas on Morecambe’s North and South beaches will continue to be seasonal rather than all year round.
Sue Clowes, public health team leader at Lancaster City Council, said: “The council receives hundreds of complaints each year about dog issues and the new dog control orders will enable us to deal with all these offences using Fixed Penalty Notices and should prove an effective tool when dealing with offenders.”