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Torbay Council consults on dog fouling PSPO plans

Torbay Council is consulting on its proposal to extend the existing Public Spaces Protection Order for dog fouling. 

The local authority is proposing to extend the existing Torbay wide PSPO for dog fouling which is due to expire in April. 

The extension would ensure the PSPO remains in place until April 2027. Under the conditions of the PSPO, someone in a control of a dog can receive a Fixed Penalty Notice of up to £100 if they fail to pick up after the animal immediately after it has fouled on public land. 

Councillor Hayley Tranter, Cabinet Member for Adult and Community Services, Public Health and Inequalities, said: “Public Space Protection Orders are a great tool for us to manage anti-social behaviour across the Bay. We recognise that most dog owners are responsible and will always clear up after their dog. The extension will simply allow us to ensure that all dog owners can be made aware of their responsibilities when out walking in Torbay and enable us to challenge the irresponsible minority. 

“I would encourage everyone who lives in the Bay to look at the information about these orders and complete the survey.” 

This PSPO applies to all land and places the public has access to within the Torbay Council area, for example, roads, pavements, public footpaths, alleyways, grass verges, beaches and parks including woodland. It will also apply to all areas of land or woodland managed by Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust. 

The consultation on the extension to the PSPO, which closes at midnight on 28 January, can be found here.

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