Doncaster Council is set to renew the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) for dogs as part of its continued efforts to educate irresponsible dog owners.
The current PSPO was signed in February 2017 and is due to expire in February 2020.
When originally introduced, the aim was to create a more consistent approach across Doncaster and balance the needs of dog owners and other members of the community. This aim remains the same.
The council recognises the vast majority of dog owners are caring, responsible and respectful of their local communities.
With the renewal of the PSPO, officers will be able to take action on those who choose to spoil their communities by not controlling their dogs or picking up after them. This includes the use of education techniques and working with our local communities but could also include the issuing of Fixed Penalty Notices where dog fouling and control issues are prevalent.
The current PSPO covers the whole of the borough and addresses the following key areas:
- Failure to clear up your dog’s mess.
- The keeping of dogs on leads in specified areas such as cemeteries, burial grounds and lakes and ponds.
- Leads by order – this covers the need for people to put and keep a dog on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer.
- Exclusion of dogs from certain areas - this includes enclosed children’s play areas
- Carrying suitable means to remove dog fouling
These would remain upon renewal.
As part of the renewal process, the council is asking residents to consider whether the current prohibitions outlined within the order meet the needs of the borough. To achieve this there is an online survey where residents are invited to comment on each one individually.
The consultation process will run through to midnight on Sunday 2nd February 2020.
Cllr Chris McGuinness, Cabinet Member for Communities, the Voluntary Sector and Environment, said:
“This PSPO has had a positive impact since we introduced it across the borough with far fewer complaints received about dog fouling or inappropriate dog behaviour. Renewing the dog PSPO will help us continue to stamp out irresponsible dog ownership, improve the environment and make our communities cleaner, safer and more enjoyable for residents.
“It is not about punishing or criminalising responsible dog owners, nor is it a money-making scheme for the council. As always, our enforcement officers will be using their common sense when they enforce the PSPO and will not hand out fines to people who do keep control of their dog.”
- Category: Environment