Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) are powers introduced by local authorities (under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014) to help deal with a particular nuisance or problem in a particular area that is damaging to the local community's quality of life.
Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) are intended to deal with nuisance or problems in an area that cause harm to the quality of life of the local community.
The power to make a Public Spaces Protection Order was given to District Councils by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.
Before making an order, the council must consult with the local chief officer of police, and the local policing body, community representatives and the owner or occupier of land within the restricted area. The Council must also notify the County Council and Parish (Town) Council of the proposed order.
Why we are Consulting
In response to residents' complaints regarding responsible dog ownership, we introduced a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) in October 2020 which over the past few years has allowed us to deal with complaints, take enforcement action where necessary, and improve the environment in the borough.
The requirements listed on the Order are as follows: -
- Dog Fouling must be removed forthwith
- A person in charge of a dog must carry the means to pick up the dog’s waste
- Dogs on Lead by Direction by an Authorised Officer
- A person must not be in charge of more than 6 dogs.
- Dogs excluded in specified areas if appropriately signed and enclosed.
- Dogs must be on leads whilst on each and every length of road (including pavements, footways and verges), pedestrianised areas, cemeteries and churchyards.