Dog Fouling Public Space Protection Order (PSPO)
We have introduced a borough wide PSPO, which came into force on Tuesday 1 December 2020. The PSPO covers all public spaces in the whole of the borough and means that:
- It is an offence for persons in control of a dog not to clear up after their dog has fouled in a public place.
- It is an offence for a person not to produce a means to clear up after their dog has fouled, for example sufficient dog poo bags, when asked to do so by an authorised officer.
- Failure to comply with a PSPO could result in an on the spot fine of £100 or ultimately prosecution.
In accordance with the legal requirements for publicising and consulting on proposals for a new PSPO, a public consultation on these proposals ran between 3 August 2020 and 11 September 2020. Residents, businesses and visitors to the borough had the opportunity to give their views on the need and proposal to provide up to date enforcement powers to deal with dog fouling in public spaces. A total of 848 people responded to the consultation.
The PSPO can be viewed below, as well as the results of the consultation survey, Key Findings Report, and a document detailing key themes from the consultation and officer responses. These powers replace the previous controls relating to dog fouling that weren’t as comprehensive and did not cover the whole borough.