The Kennel Club has received a Public Spaces Protection Orders
consultation from Dover District Council which is looking to make
the following an offence:
- Permitting a dog to enter land from which dogs are excluded.
The areas covered are mainly children's play areas and specific
beaches at certain times of the year.
- Not keeping a dog on a lead in certain areas.
- Failing to remove dog faeces.
- Not putting, and keeping a dog on a lead when directed to do so
by an authorised officer.
The consultation will run from 17th November until 29th December
2014. If you live in Dover and wish to view more details about the
consultation, please visit www.dover.gov.uk or call 01304
872 096 to speak to a member of the Environmental Crime Team.
Alternatively, you can also send an email to Dover District's
Environmental Crime Team on email@example.com.
Derbyshire Dales District Council have also announced a Public
Spaces Protection Order consultation, which will run from now until
2nd January 2015. The consultation will include making the
- Dog exclusion order
- Fouling of land by dogs order
- Dogs on leads order
- Dogs on leads by direction order
For more information on the orders and how to respond, please
The Kennel Club's views on the proposed orders are:
- Fouling of land by dogs - The Kennel Club does
not oppose the introduction of these orders, as every dog owner
should always pick up after their dog. This would also help in
reducing problems caused to other people when dog faeces is not
picked up or is left behind in bags.
- Dogs on lead by direction - The Kennel Club
would support this order as it would allow responsible dog owners
to exercise their dogs off lead whilst targeting restrictions at
the people causing problems. However, the authorised officer
enforcing the order must be properly trained in dog behaviour in
order to determine whether restraint is necessary. There would also
need to be a policy defined in writing with regards to how it could
be applied as well. The Kennel Club would not support this order
without a coherent policy as it could potentially lead to being
applied unfairly and inconsistently.
- Dogs on lead and dog exclusion orders - The
Kennel Club does not normally support orders to exclude dogs from
playgrounds or recreational facilities, as long as
alternative provisions are made for dog walkers in the vicinity.
Also, we would point out that children and dogs should be able to
socialise together safely under adult supervision. In respect to
sport pitches, the Kennel Club would recommend that this order be
reconsidered and whether instead time-limited restrictions could be
introduced to cover the use of these areas.
- Ultimately, any proposal to restrict or exclude access for dogs
to public spaces should simultaneously establish dog friendly areas
of open land within the same location. As off-lead access is the
single most important amenity for most dog walkers, this proposal
is likely to displace dog walkers onto other land in the vicinity.
Elsewhere this has led to further restrictions in surrounding
areas, and needless disruption and costs to local landowners,
council parks and golf courses. As an additional consequence, this
would mean that local residents would need to use their cars to get
to other places on a daily basis which would have an impact on the
environment in both the short and long term. For example, it would
have a negative impact on government targets for health and