Have your say on the renewal of the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) for dog control. 15 January to 26 February 2024. This consultation is closed.

About Public Spaces Protection Orders

A Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) was created by the 2014 Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act to deal with any nuisances or problems in a particular area that affects the local community's quality of life. PSPOs impose conditions or restrictions on people using that area.

The PSPO for dog control came into effect on 27 March 2018 for a period of three years. The order was extended for a further three years from 27 March 2021. It is due to expire on 26 March 2024. It replaces the four Dog Control Orders which were previously made by the council under the provisions of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005.

The PSPO for dog control imposes restrictions to:

  • Require dog owners to remove dog faeces
  • Require dogs to be kept on leads within land that is used as a memorial, burial ground, cemetery or garden of remembrance
  • Require dog owners to put their dog on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer. This apples to any public land where a dog is considered to be out of control or causing alarm or distress
  • Exclude dogs from a dog exclusion zone (see the maps showing the dog control areas)

Let us know your views

We asked for your views on the renewal of the PSPO for dog control, which also includes 27 new areas in the county covered by the enforcement.

This will allow the council to continue to address nuisances related to dogs off leads, dog fouling, and keeping dogs out of play areas. The proposed PSPO would be the only power the council has over dog control and dog fouling in the county.

The consultation closed on 26 February 2024.

What happens next

We treat any information you provided as strictly confidential and will use it for the purposes described here. We will not share it with any other parties.

We will review all the questionnaire submissions and will make a decision on whether to renew the order or alternative, in part or in full.

If you have any queries, please email pspoconsultation@herefordshire.gov.uk

Published: 15th January 2024