Rossendale Council in Lancashire has introduced new powers which will allow them to fine and prosecute careless dog owners.
Following a period of public consultation, Rossendale Council introduced a new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO). PSPOs give the council powers to deal more effectively with irresponsible dog owners. They cover such things as not picking up dog mess, not carrying poo bags and not putting dogs on a lead when instructed to by an authorised officer.
If a PSPO is breached a fixed penalty notice can be issued of £75, leading to prosecution if that is not paid.
A limit was placed on the maximum number of dogs to be walked together at any time, to only 5 dogs.
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Portfolio Holder for Communities and Customers, Cllr Steve Hughes, said: “Our borough is dog-friendly and we want everyone to enjoy our wonderful parks and public spaces. “Most dog owners are responsible and dog walkers add to the variety of any park. “But unfortunately a minority spoil it for everyone.
“Dog fouling is a constant issue which residents are fed up of and these orders give us powers to tackle the selfish few who thoughtlessly do not control their dogs and inflict misery on others.
“Most responsible dog owners will agree that these new powers will help with the issues created by the irresponsible few.”
Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO ) propose to deal with a particular nuisance in a particular area that is having a detrimental effect on the quality of life for those in the local community. It can prohibit certain things or require specific things to be done.
An example of when a PSPO may be issued could be to help keep dogs under control within a public place such as a park. It may require that the dog is kept on a lead at all times and/or the dog is only allowed in certain areas. Alternatively, it may prohibit the consumption of alcohol in a specific place.
When deciding whether an order should be issued, the local authority must consider two things:
Firstly whether the behaviour is having a detrimental effect, or is likely to have this effect. Secondly, whether the effect/likely effect of the activities is of a persistent nature making the behaviour unreasonable and rendering the notice justified.
It can be made to apply to all people, or limited only to certain people and can be restricted to specific times. A PSPO can last no longer than 3 years but can be renewed if necessary. Failure to comply with the order can result in a fine or a fixed penalty notice.