We are proposing to introduce new powers to tackle the issue of dog fouling and problematic dog behaviour across the District.

Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) are intended to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in a particular geographical area that is detrimental to the local communities' quality of life, by imposing conditions on the use of that area which apply to everyone. They are designed to ensure the law-abiding majority can use and enjoy public spaces, safe from anti social behaviour.

We are consulting on whether there is a need for a Dog Management PSPO across the District which would require, amongst other things that people clean up after their dog immediately, that dogs are excluded from certain areas, such as children's play areas, that there is a limit on the amount of dogs one person may have under their control and that any one in charge of a dog should have the means to pick up any faeces.

Breaching a PSPO is a criminal offence and enforcement officers can issue a Fixed Penalty Notice if appropriate to do so or recommend commencement of legal proceedings.

We would invite you to complete a questionnaire via the Ask Derbyshire website.

The consultation will run until 6 October 2019. It is the intention that the consultation responses will help to finalise the wording of the Dog Management PSPO for us which will be approved and take effect at the end of October.

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