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Three Rivers takes the lead on Safety around Dogs

posted 30 Mar 2015, 09:21 by   [ updated 30 Mar 2015, 09:24 ]
A recent change in legislation has led to the District Council voting to introduce a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in accordance with the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime & Policing Act 2014.  

The Bill provides a more flexible route for local authorities to tackle anti-social behaviour which reduces local environmental quality such as littering, graffiti and dog fouling.
We have lobbied the Parish Council and TRDC for several years on the introduction of controls for those who fail to pick up after their dogs.  A PSPO will create the following offences throughout Three Rivers District:
  • Failing to remove dog faeces 
  • Not putting a dog on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer
  • Permitting a dog to enter specified land where dogs are excluded (this will cover children’s’ play areas, picnic areas and grazed areas).
  • Failing to keep a dog on a lead in designated areas  
  • Restrict dog walkers to no more than 4 dogs at any one time.
All assistance dogs (e.g. guide dogs) will be exempted.

Three Rivers Rangers, Parish Council Rangers and PCSOs will be given enforcement powers to challenge members of the public and hand out on the spot fines of £75.00. 

Debbie Sandling, Animal Control & Enforcement officer at TRDC has said “we are obliged to carry out a public consultation, the results of which may amend the order.  The final proposal will be put before the Policy & Resources Committee for approval in June 2014”.  

For General Public Services and Community safety Committee meeting 12.03.15 and Leisure, Health and wellbeing committee meeting 11.03.15 for the proposal.

Maria Larkin
18th March 2015