Central Bedfordshire Council agrees dog control Public Space Protection Order Photo by Tucker Good on Unsplash

Dogs remain prohibited from fenced play and games areas

Central Bedfordshire Council’s Executive yesterday (5 August 2020), agreed to keep the existing rules as it renewed Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO) in relation to dogs, for the next three years. A blanket rule requiring dogs to be on leads in any open space with a marked sports pitch has been retained and renewed.

The order also includes dogs being prohibited from fenced play and games areas and parts of the council’s country parks. Dogs will also still need to be on a lead in cemeteries, picnic areas and A and B roads as well as on public footpaths.

The decision was made following a consultation in November 2019. This revealed that 56% of respondents disagreed or strongly disagreed with the proposal to remove the requirement that dogs are kept on leads near sports pitches.

The results also showed:

  • 97% of respondents strongly agreed or agreed with the proposal to retain the dog fouling order
  • 90% of respondents strongly agreeing or agreeing with the proposal to retain the dog exclusion zone orders

Cllr Ian Dalgarno, executive member for Community Services, said:

“We listened to the public and partners around these orders and have agreed to keep the existing rules in place for the next three years.

“This order gives our officers additional powers to deal with a wide range of anti-social issues and to assist in keeping our communities safe and clean.

“Dogs running around and fouling on sports pitches was one of the biggest concerns raised by residents during the consultation. These powers will now give us the authority to ensure that we can crack down on irresponsible dog owners who fail to control or clean up after their dogs.”

A PSPO can be enforced by police officers, police community safety officers or any officer designated by councils. Breaches of a PSPO lead to fines or a fixed penalty notice.