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Forthcoming PSPO consultations


 

The  Kennel  Club  is  the  largest  organisation  in  the  UK  devoted  to  dog  health,  welfare  and training, whose main objective is to ensure that dogs live healthy, happy lives with responsible owners. As part of its External Affairs activities, the Kennel Club runs a dog owners group KC Dog  which  was  established  to  monitor  and  keep  dog  owners  up  to  date  about  dog  related issues,  such  as  Public  Spaces  Protection  Orders  (PSPOs)  being  introduced  across  the country and public consultations on animal welfare.

Local  authorities  in  England  and  Wales  can  use  PSPOs,  and  in  Northern  Ireland  DCOs  to restrict where dog walkers can go with their dog and whether they can let their dogs off lead. For example, these restrictions may specify a particular park (or area within the park) where dogs must be kept on a lead at all times, or ban dogs from a beach for specific times of the year. At present, there are no equivalent powers available to local authorities in Scotland.

As a general principle, we would like to highlight the importance that all PSPOs to be necessary and proportionate responses to problems caused by dogs and irresponsible owners. It is also important that authorities balance the interests of dog owners with the interests of other access users.

For more information please visit www.kcdog.org.uk

 

Cornwall Council

The council currently has 48 Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) which apply seasonal restrictions for dogs on beaches. Those orders are set to expire in 2020 and so the council is undertaking public consultation before it draws up the new PSPOs.

As part of the consultation the council is asking whether the restrictions should be harmonised so they are the same for all beaches in Cornwall.

The consultation closed on the 19th November 2019. You can find out more about the proposals and respond to the consultation here.

 

  

Hartlepool Borough Council

The council is proposing the introduction of number of measures including:

The consultation closes 30th September. You can find more information about the proposals and to respond the consultation here.

 

 

Scarborough Council

Scarborough Borough Council has launched a second consultation on its public space protection order following more recent concerns raised by some dog owners about certain aspects of the order in relation to the areas it covers in Whitby.

The council is proposing the introduction of number of measures including:

The consultation closes 14th October. You can find more information about the proposals and to respond the consultation here.

 

Cardiff Council 

The council is proposing the introduction of number of measures including:

The consultation closes 22nd October. You can find more information about the proposals and to respond the consultation here.

 

Please stay updated about forthcoming PSPOs by checking our website and via Twitter @KC_political