The introduction of a borough-wide Public Space Protection Order under the new powers will replaced the outdated legislation relating to dog fouling and dog control.
Although, as an authority, we do recognise that the vast majority of dog owners are, responsible and respectful to their local community, complaints are regularly received from residents about dog fouling and the behaviour of some dogs. The prohibitions have been designed to be as simple as possible, giving clarity and outlining expectations.
In short the prohibitions include the following five key areas:
Leads must be worn
1. All cemeteries and churchyards, including green burial areas;
2. All footpaths around lakes and ponds;
3. All sports grounds, fields, parks, and pitches, which are maintained by the local authority and are not subject to ‘Dog Exclusion’, but only when in use for organised authorised events. These include galas, fairs, sporting matches, charitable events (e.g. race for life). Clear signage will be erected in these locations
Leads by order
Dog exclusion area
Means to pick up
What happens if the Public Space Protection Order is breached?
If the person in charge of a dog fails to comply with the requirements of the order, they will be committing a criminal offence and will be issued with £100 fixed penalty unless:-
- they have the consent from the owner, occupier or person in charge of the land, not to comply with the order;
- they have a reasonable excuse for failing to comply; or
- they fall within one of the other exemptions within the order, such as the exemptions in the order for disabled people, assistance dogs and working dogs.
We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions which can be accessed by clicking the following link FAQs.
Reporting dog fouling
Please visit the following page if you wish to report an incident of dog fouling.