Cheshire East Council has today opened a public consultation to seek residents’ views around the introduction of a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) specifically to tackle dog fouling and dog control across the borough.
The proposed PSPO will enable the council to more-effectively combat dog fouling and introduce certain dog control requirements. We do recognise that most dog owners are responsible and would like to thank them for their continued support in helping to keep our public areas clean.
What are the main features of the proposed PSPO?
The PSPO would allow the council to:
· Ban dog fouling in all public places within Cheshire East borough;
· Allow authorised officers to tell a dog owner/walker to put and keep their dog on a lead if necessary, for example, if their dog was showing aggressive behaviour;
· Issue a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) of up to £100 and failure to pay the FPN may lead to prosecution and a potential maximum fine of £1,000, as would more serious breaches of the PSPO.
Why do we want to introduce this new PSPO for dog fouling and control?
Cheshire East Council has a statutory duty to keep land clear of litter and refuse (including dog fouling) and a duty of care for dealing with waste. We also have a duty to take action against irresponsible individuals who fail to clear up after their dogs on land which is open to the public. Not only is dog mess highly unpleasant, it is also a hazard to health – particularly to children.
Introducing the PSPO would allow the council to replace and extend the existing dog controls and byelaws. This will give a consistent approach across the borough to dog fouling as well as introduce dog control requirements, to encourage responsible dog ownership, to ensure that everyone is able to enjoy our open areas, country parks and public spaces safely.
This consultation will run for four weeks from Today (September 12) until October 10, 2017. Before bringing the PSPO into effect, the council will consider the responses to this public consultation. If the PSPO is brought into effect, the council would publicise this ahead of the implementation date.
Link to consultation survey: Dog fouling and control PSPO survey
The link will be on the homepage of the council’s website www.cheshireeast.gov.uk in the ‘Have Your Say’ section.
Help to fill in the survey
If you need further information or help with the survey, please ring our anti-social behaviour team on 0300 123 50 30 or email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org