We are proposing to bring in new orders to deal with dog fouling and dog control issues and want to hear your views on the plans.
Thanks to everyone who completed the survey, which closed on 14 September 2018. We are now in the process of reviewing your comments.
What's the plan?
Following feedback and complaints about dog issues from the community, businesses and partner agencies, Waverley has proposed these PSPOs.
We hope by implementing these PSPOs we can prevent this type of anti-social behaviour and to help promote responsible dog ownership. The PSPO fines will also act as a deterrent and send the message that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated in Waverley.
We are 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 immediately.
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, eg children's play areas
- a condition to only allow dog owners and walkers to walk up to four dogs at once.
If any of the conditions are breached a Fixed Penalty Notice can be issued for a fine of up to £100. Failure to pay this may lead to prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000. The orders will have effect for three years (less one day) from the date they are made.
What is a PSPO?
A PSPO is a new power available under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. An order can be used to control certain activities in a specified area if two conditions are met:
- the activities have had or are likely to have, a detrimental effect on those in the locality
- the effect is, or is likely to be, persistent and continuing in nature and is or is likely to be such as to make those activities unreasonable and that restrictions are justified.
What do the proposed PSPOs involve?
Two PSPOs are being proposed and, if accepted, in summary they will cover:
This order will require dog owners and those walking the dog to remove dog faeces (to 'pick or clear up' after their dogs) and to dispose of it properly - either in a public bin or by taking it home to their own bin. It also requires the person walking the dog to have means to 'pick up' with them, such as dog bags. The order will apply to any public land across Waverley.
This order includes five parts:
Dogs on leads
This element of the order requires dogs to be kept on leads:
- on roads, pavements, and grass verges alongside roads
- specified cemeteries and churchyards
- specific small parks and open spaces.
Dogs on leads by direction
This part of the order requires dog owners to put their dog on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer in specified parks, recreation grounds and open spaces.
Unless told to do so by an officer, dog owners can have their dogs off the lead in these areas at all other times if they wish.
This power would only be used when a dog is considered to be out of control or causing alarm and distress on public land.
Dogs on leads (seasonal)
This element will require dog owners to put their dog on a lead during seasonal periods at specific countryside, parks and formal garden sites.
This condition will lead to the exclusion of dogs from:
- children's play areas
- specific skate parks and ball courts
- specific sporting or recreational facilities.
Specified maximum number of dogs
This condition specifies that the maximum number of dogs that can be taken onto land by one person is four. This applies to any land across Waverley which is out in the open and to which the public have access.
Why has Waverley proposed these orders?
Waverley has proposed these PSPOs in response to feedback and complaints about dog issues from the community, businesses and partner agencies. We hope by implementing these PSPOs we can prevent this type of anti-social behaviour and to help promote responsible dog ownership. The PSPO fines will also act as a deterrent and send the message that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated in Waverley.
Page owner: Henry Ascoli. Last updated: 17/09/2018 09:43