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New Measures for Dog Control

Following a period of consultation earlier in 2017, Flintshire County Council have agreed to implement a Public Space Protection Order with regard to Dog Fouling and Control following strong support for the proposed conditions.

As of the 20th October 2017 a PSPO in relation to dog control will take effect across Flintshire and replace the out of date Dog Control Order to create a more comprehensive and consistent approach when dealing with issues such as dog fouling, keeping dogs on leads, and excluding dogs from specified areas.

In summary this order:

Excludes dogs from:

  • Equipped children’s play areas
  • The playing areas of marked sports pitches and formal recreation areas
  • School grounds

Requires dogs to be kept on leads:

  • Within cemeteries

Requires dog owners to remove Dog Waste

  • This applies to any land to which is open to air and to which the public have access

Requires dog owners to put their dog on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer

  • This will apply to any public land where a dog is considered to be out of control or causing alarm and distress

Requires dog owners to have a means on their person to collect dog waste from the ground if asked by an authorised officer
*Dogs are allowed to be exercised in the areas surrounding a marked sports pitch*

  • The PSPO will be in place for a period of three years from the commencement date of 20th October 2017.

Penalty on breach of PSPO 

Any persons found guilty of breaching the order are liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £1,000.  But breach of any of the conditions above would lead to the issuing of a fixed penalty notice of £75.00 by an authorised officer.

Maps of affected areas are enclosed below, along with a FAQ document and Notice of the PSPO.

Map of Potential Sites (new window)

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF new window)   

Flintshire County Council Dog Control and Dog Fouling Public Spaces Protection Order 2017 (PDF new window)

 

Consultation Background

Thursday June 1st – 29th June 2017

Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO’s) are one of a number of new powers introduced by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. They are designed to stop individuals or groups committing anti-social behaviour in a public space which is having or is likely to have a detrimental effect on the quality of life of people in the area. The behaviour must be unreasonable and persistent or continuing in nature.

Flintshire County Council are to consult on a proposed Dog control PSPO which is required to replace the current Dog Control Order in place.

The prohibitions proposed would require dog owners to: 

  • Remove dog waste immediately from the ground at all public locations.
  • Put their dog on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer. This only applies to any public land where a dog is considered to be out of control or causing alarm and distress.
  • Keep dogs on leads within cemeteries.
  • Have a means on their person to collect dog waste from the ground if asked by an authorised officer.

Dogs would also be excluded from entering:

  • enclosed children's play areas
  • The playing areas of marked sports pitches
  • The playing area of specific sporting or recreational facilities
  • School Grounds

Any breaches would result in the issuing of a Fixed Penalty Notice to the person responsible for the dog.

We value your opinion, so please take the time to read the attached literature, which includes a copy of the draft order; a ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ document; and a map of potential sites where the prohibitions would be enforced. Please then complete our online survey on the proposed PSPO conditions.

Explanatory Notes - PSPO (PDF new window)

DRAFT Public Spaces Protection Order - Dog Control and Fouling 2017 (PDF new window)

Map of Potential Sites (new window)

Survey (new window)

*5.5.17 An amendment has been made to the map to include the Flintshire County Council land at Argoed Sports Ground.

The consultation ran from 1st June 2017 to 29th June 2017.
Representations received after 29th June 2017 will not be considered as part of the consultation process.
The consultation has now closed and all representations received are being collated.

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