Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) - Dog Control

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The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 introduced several new tools and powers for use by councils and their partners to address anti-social behaviour in their local areas.

One such tool is a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) which deals with anti-social behaviour in an area which could have a harmful effect on the quality of life for those in the local community. It can ban certain behaviours, or introduce specific requirements. In this case the proposed order relates to the control of dogs in public areas.

The Council acknowledges and appreciates that most dog owners are responsible, properly control their dogs and clear up any dog fouling. However, it is important to identify and address the problems caused by irresponsible dog owners, and a PSPO is a potential way to address this.

The previous orders in relation to dog control expired in October 2020 and we are carrying out a full review to assist with the decision of if a further order is required.

The previous Dog Control Orders included the following:

  • Cleaning up dog mess - When a dog under your control fouls, it is your responsibility to clean up the mess.
  • Limiting Number of Dogs being under the control of one individual - A limit of walking no more than 4 dogs to ensure that dogs are kept under control by the handler
  • Dogs on a lead - Dogs must be kept on a lead along all pedestrian areas and roads. Dogs should also be kept on leads in all allotments, promenades and named formal gardens, cemeteries, church yards, bowling greens and car parks
  • Putting a Dog on a Lead when requested to do so - Designated Officers can instruct a dog handler to put and keep their dog on a lead, if they feel there are reasonable grounds to do so i.e. a dog is acting aggressively, or causing nuisance or concern to others
  • Dog Exclusion Areas - Dogs are excluded from named areas including Children’s play areas, sports areas and in respect of all beaches between 1st May and 30th September.

For a full copy of the orders see the document section to the right of the webpage.

Under any potential PSPO authorised officers could issue fixed penalty notices up to £100 for those who don’t comply with the PSPO although in certain circumstances a warning or an opportunity to comply with the PSPO could be sufficient to remedy the breach.

The review affects all potential dog control measures within the Borough and we want to hear what you think. We would like to hear your views on:

  1. Is an order necessary?

If yes:

  1. Do there need to be any changes to the previous restrictions?
  2. Do there need to be any changes to the areas that were included?
  3. Should any of the previous restrictions be excluded?
  4. Are there any additional disruptive behaviours that were not previously included?

The consultation runs for four weeks and is open to all residents and businesses living or trading in the Borough.

Let us know your views.

Thank you for your time in providing your views.

The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 introduced several new tools and powers for use by councils and their partners to address anti-social behaviour in their local areas.

One such tool is a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) which deals with anti-social behaviour in an area which could have a harmful effect on the quality of life for those in the local community. It can ban certain behaviours, or introduce specific requirements. In this case the proposed order relates to the control of dogs in public areas.

The Council acknowledges and appreciates that most dog owners are responsible, properly control their dogs and clear up any dog fouling. However, it is important to identify and address the problems caused by irresponsible dog owners, and a PSPO is a potential way to address this.

The previous orders in relation to dog control expired in October 2020 and we are carrying out a full review to assist with the decision of if a further order is required.

The previous Dog Control Orders included the following:

  • Cleaning up dog mess - When a dog under your control fouls, it is your responsibility to clean up the mess.
  • Limiting Number of Dogs being under the control of one individual - A limit of walking no more than 4 dogs to ensure that dogs are kept under control by the handler
  • Dogs on a lead - Dogs must be kept on a lead along all pedestrian areas and roads. Dogs should also be kept on leads in all allotments, promenades and named formal gardens, cemeteries, church yards, bowling greens and car parks
  • Putting a Dog on a Lead when requested to do so - Designated Officers can instruct a dog handler to put and keep their dog on a lead, if they feel there are reasonable grounds to do so i.e. a dog is acting aggressively, or causing nuisance or concern to others
  • Dog Exclusion Areas - Dogs are excluded from named areas including Children’s play areas, sports areas and in respect of all beaches between 1st May and 30th September.

For a full copy of the orders see the document section to the right of the webpage.

Under any potential PSPO authorised officers could issue fixed penalty notices up to £100 for those who don’t comply with the PSPO although in certain circumstances a warning or an opportunity to comply with the PSPO could be sufficient to remedy the breach.

The review affects all potential dog control measures within the Borough and we want to hear what you think. We would like to hear your views on:

  1. Is an order necessary?

If yes:

  1. Do there need to be any changes to the previous restrictions?
  2. Do there need to be any changes to the areas that were included?
  3. Should any of the previous restrictions be excluded?
  4. Are there any additional disruptive behaviours that were not previously included?

The consultation runs for four weeks and is open to all residents and businesses living or trading in the Borough.

Let us know your views.

Thank you for your time in providing your views.