We receive many complaints about dog owners who persistently refuse to dispose of their dog waste correctly. There is no excuse for this and in Brickhill we even provide free dog bags in dispensers in Cherwell Road and Jackmans Walk
We have introduced Dog Control Orders across the borough which will make the rules around responsible dog ownership even clearer and anyone caught allowing their dog to foul public areas will receive a £75 Fixed Penalty Notice.
You can dispose of dog waste in one of the councils 700 individual provided dogs waste bins across the borough or where there isn't a dog waste bin nearby one of the council's 1,000 public waste litter bins located throughout the borough; provided the dog faces is wrapped in an appropriate bag. You can also use your own domestic waste bin as long as the dog waste is wrapped in an appropriate bag.
Always take a poop scoop or a carrier bag with you when you take your dog for a walk.
Dog Control Orders - what they mean
New Dog Control Orders introduced by the Council apply to locations where legislation is already in place, however they replace complex and outdated legislation and therefore make the laws which apply clear for everyone. The orders are about promoting responsible dog ownership, they are not about punishing or restricting responsible dog owners who will of course still be able to use and enjoy local parks and open spaces.
However the orders will make clear that all dogs are banned from enclosed children's play areas and dogs are required to be kept on a lead in certain areas including cemeteries and the pedestrian areas of the Town Centre. The order will also make clear the offence of failing to remove dog faeces. These orders seek to balance the needs of those In charge of dogs against the interests of those affected by dogs, bearing in mind the need for people, in particular children, to have access to dog free areas and also have areas where dogs are kept under strict conlrol. We aim to promote responsible dog ownership and reduce complaints for dog issues such as dog fouling.
The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 enables the Council to implement the new orders, which provide greater powers in which to deal with dog related offences.
What are the different orders being Implemented?
The Dogs Exclusion Order
The effect of the Order is to make it an offence for a parson in charge of a dog to permit the dog to enter or remain on any land to which this Order applies. This affects all enclosed children's play areas within the within the administrative area of Bedford Borough Council. The Order shall be enforceable at all times of the day throughout the year.
The Fouling of land by Dogs Order
The affect of this Order is to make it an offence for a person in charge of a dog to fail to remove faeces forthwith from any land to which the Order applies. This affects any land within the administrative area of Bedford Borough Council, Including covered land which Is open to the air on at least one side, and to which !he public are entitled or permitted to have access with or without payment
The Dogs On Leads Order
The affect of the Order is to make it an offence for a person in charge of a dog to fail to ensure that a dog is kept on a lead on any land to which the Order applies. This affects Land which is used as a memorial, burial ground, cemetery or garden of remembrance together with any forecourt, terrace, yard or walkway providing access, and together with adjoining V81p88, landscaped areas and gardens, currently affecting Norse Road and Foster Hill Cemeteries. Also the Pedestrian area of the Town Centre (Harpur Street, Harpur Square, Lime Street, Silver Street, Midland Road, Allhallows, Church Square, Thurlow Street and Greanhill Street, and all designated carriageways (A or B classified roads) and adjoining footpaths and verges of such carriageways.
The Dogs On Leads by Direction Order
The effect of the Order is to make it an offence for a person in charge of a dog to fail to put that dog on a lead under the direction of an authorised officer on any land to which the Order applies. This affects any land within the administrative area of Bedford Borough Council, Including covered land which Is open to the air on at least one side, and to which !he public are entitled or permitted to have access with or without payment.
To view copies of all the plans of designated areas that will apply to parks and open spaces across the Borough visit our Dog Control Order Page on
You will also be able to view copies of all the plans of designated areas that will apply to parks and open spaces across the Borough.
There is Zero Tolerance which means anyone found committing an offence will be issued with a £75 Fixed Penalty Notice.
Areas affected in Brickhill include