New, tougher dog rules set to come into force

Dog owners across Bolsover District will have to adhere to new rules as we have introduced a Dog Management Public Space Protection Order (PSPO).

The new measures have been put into place to help enforce responsible dog ownership in public spaces across the District following overwhelming support from a consultation exercise.

The Dog PSPO which will exclude dogs from entering play areas and ensure owners keep their pets on a lead on pavements and public roads.

The Order, which came into force across Bolsover District on 26 October 2020 includes the following requirements for owners:

  • REMOVE your dogs’ poo immediately from all public places across the whole District.
  • KEEP dogs out of all children’s play areas, Multi-Use Games Areas (MUGA) and gym equipment zones (apart from owners with assisted dogs).
  • KEEP your dogs on a lead on a public road and pavement, pedestrianised areas, churchyards and cemeteries at all times.
  • NO MORE than six dogs under your control at any one time.
  • YOU MUST, whilst you are in charge of a dog, carry appropriate bag(s) or receptacle to remove their dog poo.

In 2019, we undertook a four-week consultation exercise and 74% of people said that dog fouling was a very or fairly big problem and 76% wanted to prevent dogs from entering children's play areas within parks and open spaces and designated sports grounds.

Cabinet Member for Environmental Health, Councillor Deborah Watson said, “More of us are walking in and enjoying our neighbourhoods’ now and whilst discovering new walks is a great joy, discovering someone’s dog mess is not.

“Now, more than ever, we all recognise the value of our local communities and the ways in which we need to care for and respect one another. The support we have had for the Dog Management PSPO really reflects that.”

The aim of the Order is to improve the enjoyment of public spaces for people and reduce anti-social behaviour caused by dog fouling and nuisance. The whole of the Order is exempt for assistance dogs.

Those not adhering to the Order will be subject to a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) of £100. Failure to pay will lead to prosecution and being liable to a fine not exceeding £1,000.

Councillor Watson added, “We will be patrolling the District and we will take action against those that flout it. We recognise that the majority of dog owners are responsible and that it is the minority who cause the problems, so that is why we are introducing this Order.

“You four-legged companion is your responsibility, so please take this responsibility seriously so we can protect our shared environment, such as play areas, and help us create clean, safe places to live and enjoy.”

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