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Plymouth council consults over dog controls

Plymouth City Council is seeking views on the review of a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) covering dog control, as well as enforcement options around fouling.

Most of these restrictions have been in place since 2008, but every three years the law requires the PSPO to be reviewed.

The consultation seeks views on the potential for the following changes:

  • Dogs are currently excluded from our cemeteries at Efford and Weston Mill. However, it is proposed that dogs should be allowed on a lead in these areas.
  • In the current order, dog owners must keep their dogs on a lead within the marked playing area of a sports pitch to prevent dog fouling. Residents are being asked whether this rule should be maintained or if dogs should be totally excluded from the pitches.
  • A person who holds an Animals Activities Licence to care for other people’s dogs during the day or overnight is only allowed to walk up to six dogs at a time. We want your views on whether this should apply to anyone who is in charge of dogs in a public place, whether they hold a Licence or not.

Councillor Sally Haydon, Cabinet member for Customer Focus and Community Safety, said: “None of this is set in stone. We’ve put these ideas forward, which we think will be to the benefit of everyone and it’s now up to residents who let us know if this is what they want.”

The consultation, which closes at midnight on Sunday 27 August, can be accessed here.

A report will follow in September.

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