The UK's largest dog welfare organisation, the Kennel Club, is
urging dog owners in North Nottinghamshire to have their say on
proposals which could restrict where people can walk their dogs in
Bassetlaw District Council is able to restrict dog access in the
county through Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs), which
replaced Dog Control Orders, under the Anti-social, Crime and
Policing Act 2015. PSPOs can exclude anyone with dogs from
certain areas, ensure dogs are kept on leads at all times in
certain areas, and limit the number of dogs a person can walk at
The council is currently consulting the public to determine if
there is a need for further dog restrictions in the county,
including areas in which dogs should be kept on leads and dog bans
on a number of playing fields across the district. The Kennel
Club's campaign group, KC Dog, is alerting its members and local
dog owners to the consultation to ensure that the outcome is as
fair as possible for all parties.
Specific restrictions the council is consulting on include bans on
certain playing fields in areas such as East Markham,
Gringley-on-the-Hill and Carlton in Lindrick. The Kennel Club
believes that total bans for dogs on public open spaces must be
necessary and proportionate and should only be used as a very last
resort, as open spaces can be ideal for dogs to be exercised off
lead, which is important for canine health and wellbeing.
Furthermore, the Kennel Club holds the view that any ban on dogs
from public spaces should be based on evidence and only implemented
if there is a genuine need, such as to safeguard certain wildlife
that can be affected by dogs, or to protect the wellbeing of both
people and dogs.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "It is crucial that
as many dog owners as possible in North Nottinghamshire have their
say on the potential restrictions, to enable the council to make an
informed and fair decision for everyone who enjoys the local
"Some aspects of PSPOs, such as the requirement to pick up after a
dog, are very sensible measures to help promote responsible dog
ownership. However, other aspects such as a complete ban on dogs
from certain areas are less reasonable and unlikely to be welcomed
by the many responsible dog owners in the area whose pets enjoy
local public spaces without any issue.
"Government guidance highlights that Bassetlaw District Council
has many other options at its disposal, such as Acceptable
Behaviour Contracts and Community Protection Notices, which target
enforcement action at the minority of anti-social dog owners,
rather than penalising everybody for the irresponsible actions of a
few; so we would much rather see these being utilised.
"We hope that any new laws regarding dogs in North Nottinghamshire
are balanced and proportionate and will allow responsible dog
owners who simply want to keep their dogs fit and healthy by
exercising them in public open spaces to continue to do so.
"We appreciate that Bassetlaw District Council has consulted
directly with the Kennel Club, as a national organisation which
gives a voice to dog owners, and we have expressed our views on the
proposed restrictions accordingly and would strongly recommend
local dog owners do the same."
For further details on the consultation, and to respond to it,
The consultation closes on 30 April.
KC Dog is a dog owner campaign group, free to join, which keeps
members updated on dog access issues, and other relevant Kennel
Club campaign issues, which may affect dog owners across the
country. Visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/kcdog
for more information and to join.