Public Spaces Protection Order Dog Fouling Consultation

Notice is here by given that East Cambridgeshire District Council proposes to make a Public Space Protection Order under section 59 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

In October 2014 the power to make Dog Control Orders was repealed by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. Section 59 of the Act provides local authorities with powers to make Public Space Protection Orders.  These orders intend to address activities carried out in public spaces that have a detrimental effect of the quality of life of those in the locality.

The Council takes the health and well-being of residents very seriously and seeks to promote a healthy, safe environment.  Dog fouling causes many problems if not cleaned up.  If left in parks and open spaces, it can be both unpleasant and a health hazard.  It particularly casuses problems to users of parks, play areas and sports grounds.  Faeces can carry and transmit diseases, most seriously toxocariasis which can cause blindness.

  1. The proposed PSPO will be entitled ‘East Cambridgeshire District Council Public Space Protection Order Dog Fouling 2018’ and will replace current Dogs (Fouling of Land in East Cambridgeshire) Act 1997, which does not cover land such as agricultural land or woodland, common land, or land by the side of roads with a speed limit greater than 40mph. The proposed PSPO would cover all such areas where the public has access. It will last for up to 3 years, upon which it will be reviewed and extended if necessary.
  2. The PSPO will make in an offence for any person in charge of a dog, which defecates on land specified within the Order to fail to remove the faeces forthwith, unless they can show a reasonable excuse for failing to do so, or the owner/occupier of the land has consented to them failing to do so.
  3. A person who is guilty of an offence under the Order shall be issued a Fixed Penalty Notice of £80.00 or be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 of the standard scale (currently £1000).
  4. Under Section 72 of the Act, before introducing a PSPO the Council is obliged to carry out a consultation with the Chief Officer of Police, the local policing body, and any community representatives, and owners/occupiers of land covered within the Order which are deemed necessary.

Download a copy of the PSPO Consultation and Order

The Council would like to hear your views on the proposed PSPO.  You can do this by:

Representations on the proposed PSPO should be made by 12 midnight on the 24th July 2018.  Representations received after this time cannot be accepted.