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Dog access restrictions with no legal basis

05 April 2016    12:00
 

KC Dog has recently received a number of emails about parish councils introducing restrictions on dog access. Since October 2014 and the introduction of Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs), parish councils have no legal right to introduce restrictions on dog walking in England and Wales. In some cases parish councils have published notices with very formal appearances such as the example from Upper Heyford Parish Council (below). This refers to a statutory consultation period for the introduction of a Dog Control Order, however they have absolutely no legal basis to introduce such an order.

Following dialogue between local dog walkers and KC Dog, and the local authorities involved, we understand that officials from the local district council contacted Upper Heyford Council informing them of the legal position, which we hope has put an end to these proposals.

Another dog walker contacted us about restriction imposed by Little Harrowden parish council, who have erected signage and fencing to exclude dogs from one section of her local park, requiring dog walkers to navigate a treacherous muddy path to a less pleasant 'lower meadow'.

The local dog walker and KC Dog have been in contact with the relevant local authorities, who have confirmed that these restrictions have no legal basis.

Parish councils who wish to restrict access for dog walkers must request their local district or borough council to introduce a PSPO on their behalf. If you know of any parish councils who have either: Introduced new restrictions since October 2014, or who are planning to do so please contact us, by emailing kcdog@thekennelclub.org.uk. Examples of this activity are very helpful for KC Dog when campaigning on a national level over unreasonable restrictions being placed on dog walkers.

KC Dog has recently received a number of emails about parish councils introducing restrictions on dog access. Since October 2014 and the introduction of Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs), parish councils have no legal right to introduce restrictions on dog walking in England and Wales. In some cases parish councils have published notices with very formal appearances such as the example from Upper Heyford Parish Council (below). This refers to a statutory consultation period for the introduction of a Dog Control Order, however they have absolutely no legal basis to introduce such an order.
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