We are looking to take a strong stance on dog fouling within the borough and under the Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, we have the power to introduce a public space protection order to help protect our community. Please help us by providing feedback though a short survey.
The order would impose the following on public land across the whole of the borough:
A person in control of a dog must ensure that dog faeces are removed from the land immediately.
A person in control of a dog must ensure that they have means available to clear up dog faeces.
A person in control of a dog must ensure that dog faeces are disposed of in an appropriate receptacle.
The order will be enforced by our officers, and failure to comply with the order may result in a fixed penalty fine of up to £100 or prosecution.
Whilst the Council has powers to fine people for allowing their dog to foul, this legislation allows fines for not having the means to clear the faeces and for not disposing of it properly.
We are not proposing to introduce any other controls on dogs allowed under the legislation such as areas where dogs must be kept on leads etc. at this point in time.
We are holding a public consultation period for 12 weeks from 14 August 2017 until 6 November 2017 and we would be very grateful for your feedback that will help us to decide whether or not the proposed order should be approved. Please click the link below to complete the survey.