The Council recognises that dogs are an important part of everyday life for many of our residents and visitors and promote benefits in mental and physical wellbeing. However we know that there are some issues related to dog ownership that can cause a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the district. In particular, evidence from dog related complaints indicate that dog fouling is a specific anti-social behaviour that needs attention.
The Council is therefore proposing to introduce new dog fouling controls across the District.
These will be introduced through a new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO). The proposed Dog Fouling PSPO would make it an offence for a person in charge of a dog not to be able to demonstrate that they have the means to clear up after their dog, or an offence if they fail to clear up.
We sought views on a Draft Dog Fouling PSPO in September-November 2019. The Draft PSPO can be viewed below. If adopted this will replace the current PSPO (Dog Fouling Order 2001)
We also sought views on other possible dog control related issues, to help us decide whether any further measures should be introduced through a separate Order.
The consultation responses can be seen below:
What happens next?
The consultation responses will be considered alongside the draft Dog Fouling Order by Overview & Scrutiny Committee and then the Council's Cabinet in early 2020.
Further information on the proposed PSPO is set out below:
Where will these controls apply?
The controls will apply to any public land within Hart District to which the general public has access, on payment or otherwise.
Are there any exemptions?
An exemption from the PSPO would apply in relation to assistance dogs, trained by a registered charity, where the disability affects the person’s ability to clean up after their dog.
What happens if dog fouling occurs?
Breach of the PSPO is an offence, which can result in a fine of up to £1,000 if convicted. The Council may offer a Fixed Penalty Notice instead of prosecution. It is proposed that the amount of the Fixed Penalty Notice is £100, reduced to £75 for prompt payment. £100 is the maximum level that a Fixed Penalty Notice can be set at.
When would the PSPO come into force?
The PSPO would come into force on 1st April 2020.
How long will the PSPO last?
By law, a PSPO can remain in force for up to 3 years. If still required it can be extended for a further period of three years, following a review.
What happens next?
Comments made on the Draft Dog Fouling PSPO will be considered and reported to the Council’s Cabinet who will consider whether to confirm the PSPO.
The comments made on other dog related issues will be used to help the Council decide whether further dog control measures should be considered.
If adopted the current Dog Fouling PSPO (Dog Fouling Order 2001) will be withdrawn.