Dog control public spaces protection orders consultation

A public consultation is underway on plans to tackle dog fouling issues and irresponsible dog ownership in the county borough, with the closing date of 18 July 2023.

A previous dog control Public Space Protection Order (PSPO), which contained the same conditions, started in 2018 and ran through to last year. By law, the council must carry out a public consultation before it can make, extend or vary a PSPO.

Under the proposed renewal of the dog control PSPO, dog walkers could be fined £100 if they fail to pick up after their pets in public areas or walk their dog without carrying a supply of dog waste bags.

While the order does not restrict dogs from being off the lead in specific areas, it would require dog walkers to place their dog on a lead if requested to do so by an officer, making it an offence if they do not, which could also result in a £100 fine.

To take part in the consultation please visit the council website.