Public space protection orders relating to dog controls

Solihull Council is consulting on the imposition of two Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) relating to dog controls and is also seeking views on other areas of dog-related anti-social behaviour.

Millie on the beach

The first proposed PSPO relates to dog fouling. It creates an offence for a person in charge of a dog to fail to remove, and properly dispose of, faeces from the dog. The Order would apply to all land in the borough that is open to the air and to which the public are entitled or permitted to have access. There are, however, exemptions for people with disabilities.

The second PSPO relates to the exclusion of dogs from children’s play areas and school land. It creates an offence for a person in charge of a dog to take it into such an area of land.

The Council is also seeking views on other areas of dog-related anti-social behaviour. These relate to the maximum number of dogs one person can walk at one time and the requirement to keep dogs on leads in certain areas or at the request of a Council official.

Draft wording of said orders can be accessed below:

This consultation will close on Sunday 16 January 2022.

You can read more and find the link to a short survey via this link: Public Space Protection Orders relating to dog controls consultation | solihull.gov.uk


One thought on “Public space protection orders relating to dog controls

  1. Declaratory regulations will mean little if there is no enforcement. There is little apparent enforcement now regarding dogs locally, so what will be different with these regulations? Regarding faeces it would help to have more bins, not less – in and around Hillfield Park for example. Instead we have fewer bins. Who actually is going to enforce these regulations? It is difficult to see WMP having the resources or the inclination to undertake this role. Who legally is responsible for removing the “gifts” that sometimes can be found hanging in bushes / trees and then linger for a long time?

    So Ken, start with more bins in and around parks. Then advertise that and only then go down the enforcement route.

    The second proposal is different and could be easier to enforce. Not that it is without problems.

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