NEW measures to curb dog fouling and prevent problems with out of control dogs across Wyre Forest look set to be introduced in the district.

More than 900 people have given their views on the proposed plans through an online survey on Wyre Forest District Council's website over the last three months.

The council is also set to hold a series of consultation events to capture residents' views.

The council is considering introducing a new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO). This would give council enforcement officers broader powers to deal with dog owners who to properly control or clean up after their pets in public open spaces.

Proposals include introducing new offences which would require dog walkers to clear up after their dog, keep their dog on a lead in some areas, put their dog on a lead when asked to, keep dogs out of some areas and have a means to clear up after any dogs in their possession.

People with assistance dogs would be exempt from the new PSPO.

There was overwhelming support for the plans - with 97 per cent of survey respondents agreed that enforcement officers should have powers to make sure a person in charge of a dog cleans up after it and 86 per cent felt dog walkers who don't have the means to clean up after their dog should face fine.

Respondents also felt dogs should be kept on a lead in Kidderminster Cemetery (88 per cent) and Queen Elizabeth II Gardens/Jubilee Gardens in Bewdley (70 per cent).

More than three quarters of respondents said they thought a £100 penalty for committing an offence was about the right amount.

Of those who completed the survey, 67 per cent were dog owners.

The results have the survey have been incorporated into a report which will be discussed at the council's cabinet meeting on Thursday, September 20. If the recommendations are agreed, the new PSPO will come into force from October 1.

The report does not recommend limiting the number of dogs one person should be allowed to have under their control at a time. This would be reviewed after three years.

Councillor Rebecca Vale, cabinet member for operational services, said: "We are delighted with the response we have had to this consultation. We really appreciate people taking the time to complete the survey or come to one of our drop-in sessions, so thank you.

"We know that most dog owners in Wyre Forest are responsible and do control their dogs and clean up after them. The old dog control orders are now out of date and these new measures will allow us to take action against the minority.

"A large proportion of those people who responded to our survey were dog owners. We would like to work with them, vets and other organisations to promote why 'pick it up' is best for everyone.

"We are going to be starting a three month educational campaign. It is all part of our plans to keep the district safe, clean and looking good."