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Hounslow Council proposes new dog control measures

Hounslow Council is planning to introduce new rules that would give it extra powers to issue fines to those in control of dog in the borough, reports suggest.

The London council is planning to hold a 12-week consultation on a new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) that will cover all wards in the borough.

The council says that it has seen an increase in complaints about dog-fouling, out-of-control dogs, and the number of dogs out with a walker at any one time.

The proposed PSPO would introduce a limit of four dogs per commercial dog walker, who would also be barred from Stamford Brook Common recreation grounds and Brent Lea.

In addition, the PSPO includes a requirement that anyone walking a dog in any public must be able to show an authorised officer a poop scoop or disposable bag on request. If they fail to do so, they could be liable to a £100 fine and if they don’t pay within 14 days they may face prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.

Police officers, Police Community Support Officers, the council’s contracted enforcement officers, and other authorised personnel can issue fixed penalty notices to anyone they deem to be in breach of the PSPO.

In addition, dogs would be excluded from all fenced children’s play areas, all fenced sporting areas, and the Turnham Green Remembrance Garden.

The council says it will analyse the results of the consutation and a report will be presented to cabinet, which may recommend implementation, including the installation of relevant signage.

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