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Stafford Borough Council consults over dog controls

The Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) covering areas of Stafford Borough, which limits how many dogs a person can walk and excludes pets from some public places, is up for consultation.

The current PSPOs, put in place by Stafford Borough Council, are due to expire later this year and the authority is now looking to renew them.

Cabinet members have given the go-ahead for a public consultation to take place on proposed PSPO changes and are urging everyone to give us their feedback.

A report to the council’s cabinet said: “The existing order has been successful and has reduced the complaints received on matters covered in the order. As the existing PSPO has been successful, we wish to extend it, to cover further issues on which we have received complaints to deal with these issues and make the town centres and open spaces safer and more attractive places to visit.”

The report said that to date more than 80 Fixed Penalty Notices have been issued for breaches of the current PSPO.

Councillor Jill Hood, cabinet member for community, said: “We already have evidence from the members of the community about what puts people off coming to an area and these PSPOs are a practical way the council can help address the issues. I would urge everyone to give us their feedback as part of the public consultation.”

At the time of writing, the consultation had not gone live on the council’s website.

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