The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (“2014 Act”) gives the Council powers to introduce an Order to tackle specific nuisance (s) or problem (s) in certain areas. An Order can deal with a number of things, including dog control.
Prior to the 2014 Act coming into force, the Council's powers to control dogs originated from the Clean Neighborhoods and Environment Act 2005 and related rules. In accordance with this legislation, on 13 March 2013 the Council issued the following orders:
- The Dogs Exclusion (Gwynedd Council) Order 2013
- The Fouling of Land by Dogs (Gwynedd Council) Order 2013
- The Dogs on Lead by Direction (Gwynedd Council) Order 2013
The Council feels that a new Order now needs to be considered, as the old Orders from 2013 no longer meet the standards of the latest legislation. A new Order will give the Council the opportunity to redefine and manage dog control problems more effectively.
Before deciding to make an Order, the Council is required by law to carry out a public consultation.
The consultation is an opportunity for the public to express their views on what is in the draft Order. It is also an opportunity to say if the number of rules in the draft are adequate, or if more are needed (e.g. a rule that requires owners to keep a dog on a lead at all times, even where no officer has instructed).