Newham Council takes the lead over dogs in the Olympic Park

27 February 2013 in Community safety
Dog-owners must keep their pets on leads in the Olympic Park.​
Newham councillors made the decision at a Full Council meeting on Monday (25 Feb). The new powers will come into force from 26 July (2013) - when the park is open to the public.
The council already has Dog Control Orders (DCOs) which apply to Newham. These will now extend across the two thirds of the Olympic Park that falls within its boundaries. The other London boroughs that cover the Park are also expected to introduce similar measures.
The DCOs covering the Olympic Park mean owners - or anyone in charge - have to put their dogs on a lead at all times and must also remove their excrement from the land.
Breaching the Dog Control Orders could result in a Fixed Penalty Notice of £80 being issued to the person in control of the dog. Failure to pay the fine could result in criminal proceedings, with a fine of up to £1,000.
Cllr Unmesh Desai, Newham Council's Executive Member for Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour said: "We want Newham's public places to be clean and safe for everyone to enjoy - and that includes the Olympic Park. We know that dog fouling and dogs not being controlled in public are key concerns for residents. The majority of dog owners are responsible and this is targeted at the irresponsible few.
"This is why we will tackle anti-social dog owners by:

  • Cracking down on owners who allow their dogs to foul and do not pick up.
    Taking targeted action within areas where nuisance from dogs affects the local community.
"The council has a key role promoting a safe environment in parks and open spaces across Newham, working in partnership with the police and other agencies."
Dog Control Orders can be enforced by Street Scene Enforcement Officers, Police Officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).
  • Report any anti-social behaviour to the council on 020 8430 2000
    Report any concerns over dangerous dogs to the Animal Welfare Team on 020 8586 9739
  • Report nuisance dogs to the council on 020 8430 2000
    the RSPCA advice line for help and information on 0300 1234 555 (the line is open 9am to 5pm, weekdays only).