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Dog Control - The Council Invites Your Views

Published on Thursday, 21st April 2022


Members of the public are being asked for their views on whether dogs should be kept on leads in some of Maldon District’s busiest leisure areas, as well as in sensitive locations such as cemeteries.

The Dog Control Order consultation begins on 20 April and is open until 31 May 2022 and can be found at

All members of the public, whether they are dog owners or not, are invited to give their opinions on a variety of dog control measures proposed for the District.

These include:

  • Maintaining the current regulations that make it an offence not to pick up your dog’s waste in public places throughout the District
  • Continuing to ban dogs from children’s play sites and extending those rules to cover enclosed sports pitches such as tennis courts and bowls lawns
  • Granting authorised Officers the power to insist that owners keep individual dogs on a lead if their behaviour is having (or is likely to have) a detrimental effect on the local community

In addition, it is proposed to make it compulsory to keep dogs on leads in these areas:

  • Maldon, Heybridge and Burnham cemeteries (at any time)
  • Promenade Park, Maldon, around the lake and the extension to the statue of Byrhtnoth (1 April to 30 September only)
  • The Quay and West Quay at Burnham, stretching from The Royal Corinthian Yacht Club to Burnham Beach, including the beach itself (at any time)
  • Riverside Park, Burnham, covering Millfield Recreation Ground and the area adjoining Remembrance Avenue (at any time)

Councillor Penny Channer, Leader of Maldon District Council, said: “We want to encourage responsible dog ownership and healthy enjoyment of parks and public spaces, while making sure that canine companions don’t cause a danger or nuisance to others. We hope that as many people as possible will respond to this consultation to help us continue to strike the right balance.”

The consultation, which is completed using a simple online form at, closes on Tuesday 31 May.