Proposed PSPO consultation

The council is proposing to introduce new powers to tackle irresponsible dog owners in its area. The Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO), if introduced, will require any person in charge of a dog:

  • to immediately remove any of the dog’s faeces from public areas;
  • in public areas, to show they have suitable means in their possession for cleaning up dog faeces, e.g. a suitable bag;
  • to keep it on a lead in cemeteries and burial grounds; and
  • to prevent it from entering or remaining in children’s play areas within parks and open spaces.

Any person found, by an authorised person, to be in breach of these requirements will commit an offence and could be dealt with either by way of a Fixed Penalty Notice or prosecution in the magistrate’s court.

The council recognises that for those who use an assistance dog these requirements are not reasonable and therefore they will be exempt from the requirements of the PSPO.

Issues relating to dogs will be addressed through education and awareness raising, and the PSPO, should it be adopted, will be promoted in the following ways:

  • Published media such as residents’ and parish newsletters, news releases and on-site notice boards.
  • Social media through corporate accounts on Twitter and Facebook.
  • Reference material will be added to the council’s website.

Please use the following links to view the draft PSPO and a set of frequently asked questions that has been produced to help detail the proposed PSPO.

The consultation period has now ended. It is the intention to report the outcome to the next meeting of this council’s cabinet on Wednesday 4 September 2019. If approved, the order would take effect on 20 October 2019.

If you wish to view maps of the areas included in the draft PSPO please use the below drop down menus.

Need further help or information?

Contact the team directly on 01773 570222 or email