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Nottinghamshire council consults on dog controls

Bassetlaw District Council, in Nottinghamshire, is asking residents if they would like to keep the existing Public Spaces Protection Order that relates to dog fouling and specifies areas where dogs should be kept on leads. 

The council introduced a PSPO in 2015 and this was renewed in 2018 and 2021 after public consultation. 

The order states that those in control of a dog must: 

  • Pick up dog’s faeces on any land to which the public have access.
  • Keep dogs on leads in specified burial grounds, cemeteries and churchyards. 
  • Keep dog out of specified fenced children’s play areas where they are banned.
  • Produce, when directed by an authorised officer, suitable means, such as a bag, for removing dog faeces from designated land. 

The council is now seeking the public’s views on whether the order should be renewed for a further three-year period and whether the areas of land covered, or the other requirements of the order, should be changed. 

Councillor Darrell Pulk, Cabinet Member for Environment & Energy, said: “Having an order in place gives us the powers to take enforcement action and help ensure public spaces in Bassetlaw are safe and clean. 

“We want to hear residents views on the Public Spaces (Dog Control) Order and whether it should be extended for another three years and I urge people to take part in the consultation.” 

The consultation, which is available here, will end on Friday 22 March 2024.   

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