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Dog Control Public Spaces Protection Order Consultation

We currently have a Dog Control Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) in place to tackle dog fouling and problematic dog behaviour across the borough. The Order expires on 20 October 2020.

PSPOs are intended to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in a particular geographical area that is detrimental to the local communities' quality of life, by imposing conditions on the use of that area that apply to everyone. They are designed to ensure the law-abiding majority can use and enjoy public spaces safely.

The law states that a PSPO requires a formal review and we are therefore consulting on the extension of the Dog Control PSPO for a further three years. This means that if it is approved, the Order will expire on 20 October 2023.

We are keen to hear from the local community and we are inviting you to complete the consultation questionnaire on whether the existing conditions of the PSPO should continue in respect of the following:

Fouling of land by dogs

This requires dog owners or the person in charge of a dog to remove faeces from any land which is open to the air and to which the public have access .

Nothing in this requirement applies to a person who:

  • Is registered as a blind person in a register compiled under section 29 of the National Assistance Act 1948, or
  • Has a disability which affects his/her mobility, manual dexterity, physical coordination, or ability to lift, carry, or otherwise move everyday objects, in respect of a dog trained by a 'prescribed charity' and upon which the person relies for assistance

Means to pick up dog faeces

This requires a person in charge of a dog on land which is open to the air and to which the public have access to have with them appropriate means to pick up dog faeces deposited by that dog.
Nothing in this requirement applies to a person who :

  • Is registered as a blind person in a register compiled under section 29 of the National Assistance Act 1948, or
  • Has a disability which affects his/her mobility, manual dext erit y, physical coordination, or ability to lift. carry, or otherwise move everyday objects, in respect of a dog trained by a 'prescribed charity' and upon which the person relies for assistance

Dogs excluded from play and sports areas.

This prohibits a person in charge of a dog taking that dog onto, or permitting the dog to enter or remain in any enclosed children’s play area, skate park, tennis court, basketball court, bowling green, putting green, marked sports pitches and any other similar recreational facility.

We understand that children need to enjoy space set aside for them and dogs are currently prohibited from entering areas set aside for children, this includes all fenced children's play parks in the borough.

Nothing in this prohibition applies to a person who:

  • Is registered as a blind person in a register compiled under section 29 of the National Assistance Act 1948. or
  • Has a disability which affects his/her mobility, manual dexterity, physical coordination, or ability to lift, carry, or otherwise move everyday objects, in respect of a dog trained by a 'prescribed charity' and upon which the person relies for assistance

Dogs on lead by direction

Requires dog owners to put their dog on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer. This applies to any land to which the public have access and where a dog is considered to be out of control.

Dogs on leads

Within Clitheroe Cemetery, Waddington Road, Clitheroe

We care about the welfare of dogs and want them to be able to exercise and run free in our parks, woodland and fields within the borough. However, we want dogs to be kept on a lead in sensitive areas such as cemeteries where dogs running over graves may cause distress to other residents.

Maximum number of dogs

The maximum number of dogs that can be walked by one person is four on any land open to the air to which the public have access, unless with the consent of the owner, occupier or other person having control of the land.

If any of the conditions are breached a Fixed Penalty Notice of £100 can be issued. Failure to pay can lead to prosecution and on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding Level 3 (currently £ 1,000) on the standard scale.

The proposals in the consultation are to maintain the existing controls for a further period of three years to 20 October 2023. There are no new controls proposed.

You can request a paper copy of the consultation form from Ribble Valley Borough Council by emailing environmental.health@ribblevalley.gov.uk or phoning 01200 425111

To complete the survey please visit Dog Control Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) 2020 survey.
 

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