Cemetery dog fines come into force soon

A dog on a lead.
A dog on a lead.

DOGS must be kept on leads in five Chesterfield cemeteries from November - or owners will face a fine.

Walkers who also fail to clean up fouling immediately will be handed a £50 fixed penalty notice under the dog control orders.

Those refusing to pay could receive a fine of up to £1,000 if convicted by magistrates.

Chesterfield Borough Council officers have visited the locations where the rules will apply to advise walkers of the new orders.

The locations covered are: Boythorpe Cemetery, Brimington Cemetery, Spital Cemetery, Staveley Cemetery and Chesterfield Crematorium’s grounds.

“The council wants people to enjoy and feel safe in the borough’s parks, open spaces and cemeteries” said Chris Ludlow, executive member for the environment.

“The introduction of the dog control orders is just one action we have taken recently to ensure we continue to offer safe, clean and green facilities.”

Elsewhere in Chesterfield it still remains an offence to leave your dog’s mess behind.

Street Scene Enforcement Officers, Neighbourhood and Park Rangers patrol known hot spots and respond to information received from the public.

People are also reminded that park byelaws in Chesterfield require that all dogs are kept under control and in Queens Park dogs must be on a lead.

Offenders may be prosecuted and face a fine of £250.