Residents are urged not to miss their chance to have a say on potential moves to crack down on dog fouling and dog control in Cheshire East.
Cheshire East Council is holding a public consultation to seek residents' views around the introduction of a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) specifically to tackle dog fouling and dog control across the borough.
The authority has already had more than 1,000 responses – but the deadline of October 10 is looming fast.
The proposed PSPO is designed to enable the council to more-effectively combat dog fouling and introduce certain dog control requirements.
Councillor Paul Bates, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for finance and communities, said: "We are a listening council and we want to hear people's views on our proposals to encourage responsible dog ownership.
"So if you want your voice to be heard, it just takes a few minutes to fill in the survey online. This is an important issue and the council wants all parts of the community to have a say in shaping the policies that help make Cheshire East such an attractive place to live, work, locate a business and visit."
The PSPO would allow the council to:
● Tackle dog fouling in all public places within Cheshire East borough;
● Allow authorised officers to tell a dog owner/walker to put and keep their dog on a lead if necessary, for example, if their dog was showing aggressive behaviour;
● Issue a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) of up to £100. A failure to pay the FPN may lead to prosecution and a potential maximum fine of £1,000, as would more serious breaches of the PSPO.
Cheshire East Council has a statutory duty to keep land clear of litter and refuse (including dog fouling) and a duty of care for dealing with waste. The authority also has a duty to take action against irresponsible individuals who fail to clear up after their dogs on land which is open to the public. Not only is dog mess highly unpleasant, it is also a hazard to health – particularly to children.
Introducing the PSPO would allow the council to replace and extend the existing dog controls and byelaws. This will give a consistent approach across the borough to dog fouling as well as introduce dog control requirements to encourage responsible dog ownership.
This consultation began on September 12th and runs until October 10th. Before bringing the PSPO into effect, the council will consider the responses to this public consultation. If the PSPO is brought into effect, the council would publicise this ahead of the implementation date.
If you need further information or help with the survey, please ring our anti-social behaviour team on 0300 123 50 30 or email them at: email@example.com.
Photo: Cllr Paul Bates.