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Dog control and ASB consultation

Have your say on the proposals to amend and extend the Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) to deal with anti-social behaviour (ASB) and dog control issues.

­­­­­­­PSPOs propose to deal with a particular nuisance in a specific area that is having a detrimental effect on the quality of life for those in the local community. It can prohibit certain things or require specific things to be done. A PSPO can be made for up to three years, after which it may be extended, varied or discharged for up to a further three years.

The current restrictions were introduced in 2016 to deal with a range of issues including dog fouling, excluding dogs from certain areas (such as play areas) and restrictions to deal with emerging anti-social behaviour trends at that time.

East Herts Council has worked with the police and partners to review current restrictions in place to ensure they are still proportionate and effective.

Dog control 

The proposals include extending the dog control restrictions by another three years and amending these areas to include some parish council play areas and open spaces.

It is also proposed that the restrictions relating to anti-social behaviour will be discharged and removed from the order. This is after careful consideration and evaluation of their use. The previous PSPO conditions were imposed as agencies felt they were needed to address issues. However, experience has shown that other, more specific legislative tools within the ASB Crime and Policing Act 2014 are proving more effective.

Responsible owners 

Graham McAndrew, executive member for environment and the public space, said: "Not all dog owners are responsible people who pick up after their dog. We continue to work with the police and other agencies to look at the other powers within the ASB Crime and Policing Act. It is important to continue these measures to ensure that public areas remain pleasant and safe places for everyone to enjoy."

Consultation closes on 13th January 2019 and you can have your say by filling in the questionnaire at www.eastherts.gov.uk/pspo.

 

December 6 2018