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Calderdale council proposes tighter dog control orders

Dogs could be banned from sports pitches and children's play areas in Calderdale under new restrictions being proposed by the council.

The moves are part of a wave of new dog control orders to bring legislation in the borough up to date.

The council said the new powers include tighter controls on dog fouling and areas in which dogs should be on a lead or excluded.

A public consultation is being held before final approval.

'Balance' risks

Councillor Barry Collins said: "Dog walkers need to be able to exercise their dogs in public places.

"But we have to balance that against health risks to members of the public, particularly children, who could come into contact with dog faeces."

A council report states that the authority receives around 700 complaints a year about dog fouling and more than 300 complaints about dangerous dogs out of control.

It highlights the danger to children and sports players from problems with dog fouling and associated health risks.

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