Published Monday, 2 July 2018

Waverley Borough Council is proposing to bring in new orders to deal with dog fouling and dog control issues and wants to hear your views on its plans.

The council is planning to use two separate Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) to ensure dogs are responsibly managed by their owners at all times in public spaces. If adopted, the first order will result in a ban on dog fouling across the entire borough, meaning dog owners and dog walkers will need to clean up and dispose of dog mess properly. The second order will target issues of dog control, including: requiring owners to keep dogs on leads in certain areas and during specified dates, excluding dogs from designated spaces – such as children’s play areas – and a condition to only allow owners to walk up to four dogs at once.

If people are found to breach either of the orders they risk receiving a fixed penalty notice of £100 and if this isn’t paid, could face prosecution and be fined up to £1,000.

In line with the consultation, the council is also exploring the option of bringing in licences for professional dog walkers to be able to walk more than four dogs at a time in designated areas.

The consultation is open until Friday 27 July. More information about the orders and areas affected, maps and a link to a survey to give your views, can be found on: www.waverley.gov.uk/dogpspo

You can also submit responses by writing to: Communications (PSPO Consultation), Waverley Borough Council, The Burys, Godalming, GU7 1HR.