HAVE YOUR SAY ON PLANS TO INTRODUCE A PUBLIC SPACES PROTECTION ORDER ON DOG CONTROLS IN MONMOUTHSHIRE

CONSULTATION START DATE 26th July 2021 CONSULTATION END DATE 26th October 2021

BACKGROUND:

Monmouthshire County Council has responsibility for the management and maintenance of public spaces across the county, of which we are fortunate to have so many amazing locations. The wealth of our open spaces is a huge attraction to residents, businesses and visitors to the county and supports good dog ownership.

We recognise that the majority of dog owners act responsibly and keep their dog(s) under control, which includes clearing up after them in a public place. However the council receives a significant number of complaints regarding issues with dogs in public areas, in particular fouling. These continue despite the best efforts of the council and its partners to raise awareness of the anti-social nature of dog fouling and related matters.

It is appropriate now to review the current controls in place to ensure they remain relevant and effective in maintaining a cleaner, healthier and safer place to live, work and visit,

The Council is considering the introduction of a Public Spaces Protection Order to set out the dog controls in the county.

WHAT IS A PUBLIC SPACES PROTECTION ORDER (PSPO)?

Introduced by the Anti – social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 a PSPO is intended to deal with any particular persistent and unreasonable behaviour that is having, or likely to have, a detrimental effect on the quality of life of persons in a defined area.

The aim is to stop the unreasonable behaviour in public spaces by introducing restrictions on the use of an area. A public space is defined as ‘any place to which the public or any section of the public has access, on payment or otherwise, as of right or by virtue of express or implied permission.’

A PSPO would replace any current related restrictions in place. Breach of a PSPO restriction is an offence liable on conviction in court to a fine of up to £1000. An authorised officer can issue a Fixed Penalty Notice of up to £100 In order to give an offender the opportunity of avoiding a breach going to court.

So that fully informed decisions can be made we want to know your views.

SURVEY

Please tell us what you think by date 26th October 2021

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Telephone to request a survey form: 01873 735420