DOG-DIRT ROW: “MISS-INTERPRETED” [sic] VALE COUNCIL CANCELS PUBLIC CONSULTATION

On Cliff Walk dogs would have had to have been on leads according the the Vale council

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has issued a new notice on its proposals for dealing with dog-dirt in public spaces and has cancelled a public consultation it was to carry out on the issue later this month.

The council had said it was going to consult the public  on a proposal to impose a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) which would mean £100 on-the-spot fines being imposed on dog walkers who don’t obey  the proposed new regulations.

However – today all that has changed .

The Vale Council now says “ We initially wrote to stakeholders on the draft proposals and Notice to capture their feedback prior to launching a public consultation. Unfortunately, our intentions have been miss-interpreted [sic]  and the information has been shared in the public domain prior to being finalised.”

The council – now apparently back-pedalling on its proposals –  says the original release to “stakeholders”  had “noted all of the areas where there are currently byelaws restricting dogs from certain behaviors ” [sic] .

The area of ” No Walkies Zones” would have been increased – but now the Vale Council’s entire Public Spaces Protection Order scheme has been withdrawn and is to be re-drafted.

The council goes on to says “It appears that we were proposing to ban dogs from certain parks all together. This was never the intention. We as a Council feel that the Vale of Glamorgan is a very dog friendly County and we have numerous parks and open spaces for dogs and dog walkers to enjoy. The main issue that we are seeking to tackle with the PSPO is to modernise the raft of legislative arrangements we currently have in place to provide better controls on the minority of dog owners who do not remove their dog faeces from public places.”

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has now decided “not to launch the public consultation on 20 June as originally planned and communicated” . That’s because the council needs to “take the time to reconsider the wording of the notice.”

The consultation about the use of PSPOs to tackle dog fouling has been removed from the Vale’s website “ so as not to cause further confusion”.

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18 Responses to DOG-DIRT ROW: “MISS-INTERPRETED” [sic] VALE COUNCIL CANCELS PUBLIC CONSULTATION

  1. Lesley Monger says:

    What a total farce!
    I’ve already completed the not particularly detailed online survey!

  2. Chris David says:

    John Humphreys used to work on the Penarth Times. Long ago. He informed me his big topic was dog poo right back then. So Penarth has a long history of bad dog owners then 🙂 .

    • Lesley Monger says:

      There’s bad dog owners everywhere not just Penarth
      The most dog poo I see is on pavements surrounded by the rest of the debris that litters all the streets
      Try blaming this council!

    • Frank Evans says:

      Penarth is bad. Try walking around Barry.🐕🌰😭

  3. Andrew Worsley says:

    Now this more of a newsworthy story , its bound to get an avalanche of responses , seems someone read my ‘situation report’ and dog fouling over the years . I say bring back the horse and cart and then we can have the streets covered in horse poo as they did in Penarth historical past !!! or is that ‘hysterical’ past ????.

    • Name and shame em! says:

      Horse poo is far less offensive and at least it wouldn’t be all over the pavements

  4. Phillip says:

    Filthy creatures.

    • Lesley Monger says:

      Are you referring to the horses, dogs or filthy humans who drop their debris and litter and are, one would think, intelligent enough to know better!

    • Mrs-Interpreted says:

      What a way to talk about our esteemed public servants in Barry!

  5. Andrew Worsley says:

    I agree Philip but the Queen likes them and Ascot is a big event in her diary , I wonder who cleans up horse poo around Buckingham Palace etc?.

  6. Don't Try Anything says:

    Apparently a gang of Dobermans in studded leather collars were hanging round Holton Road yesterday, waiting to do business at the council offices.
    I wonder if that had anything to do with the volte-face.

  7. CC says:

    £100 charge is not a deterrent – wardens need to be put on a bonus scheme to catch offenders who allow their dogs to foul the parks and streets. It could be self funding. Anyone up for a commission driven job?

  8. Dan Potts says:

    Result 🙂 glad I was one of the very large number of people who contacted the council to object to the misconceived proposals.

  9. penarthian says:

    I’m glad the Council have seen sense .
    Anyone who hates dogs is deluded and sad.

    • Martin says:

      Brilliant! I can safely say that you speak for everyone and that you are 100% right.

    • Chris David says:

      Really Doctor Penarth! I have a friend who has a medical condition that renders him unable to love dogs to say the least. But perhaps you could educate us- deluded? sad? why?

  10. I don't believe them says:

    Whilst dog poo is anti social, i’d rather they put some effort into tackling the anti social youths around here. The Old Pens and Penarth Rugby Club fields are horrendous most evenings at the moment. Drinking, legal highs (nitrous oxide gas canisters), broken glass, general mess, and pounding music until way after midnight. Yet not a thing done about it.
    As for the actual consultation, biased / negative questioning against dogs and their owners, and lets be honest here, no, there was no misinterpretation, they messed up and released their intentions accidentally. We’re not stupid.

  11. Andrew Worsley says:

    The Council think we are (I Don’t Believe) how else would they get away with so many hair brained ideas and they do ,makes one wonder who is more stupid US OR THEM???.

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