December 2018

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Published on 6 December 2018

Executive decide on dog control order

Teignbridge’s Executive have agreed proposals to introduce a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) for dog fouling and control.

Draft proposals were initially agreed by Executive on 30 October. The matter was then reconsidered by O&S on 20 November after members called-in the decision.

O&S councillors made some further recommendations. The Executive considered those proposals at its meeting on Tuesday 4 December before resolving to introduce the PSPO. The minutes have been published online today.

Officers are now working on implementing the PSPO from April 1 2019.

In the meantime O&S are setting up a review group to guide the implementation process, monitor how elements of the order are working in practice and report back to councillors on any impacts and opportunities.

There are existing laws covering dog fouling and irresponsible dog ownership, although this is inconsistent across the district and in some places Teignbridge is unable to enforce. This makes it a challenge to deal with in areas where people have reported a problem.

There are current byelaws for some council-owned parks, green spaces and beaches. Offences must be prosecuted through the courts and cannot be enforced using penalty notices.

Under the PSPO almost all rules will stay the same. The council will incorporate existing laws into the new order and there will be some additions. It will mean fixed penalty notices can be issued when someone breaks the law.

The PSPO will mean:

• You must pick up after your dog in public places
• Dogs aren't allowed in areas signed as dog exclusion areas (for example, children’s play parks)
• Dogs aren’t allowed on some beaches from April 1 to 30 September
• Dogs must be kept on a lead in certain areas
• Dogs must be kept on leads when walking next to a road, on footpaths next to the road or on cyclepaths.
• Where a dog is being a nuisance or annoying to people or other animals, people must put their dog on a lead if asked to do so by a council officer or police officer.
• One person can only walk a maximum of four dogs at a time.
• You must carry sufficient dog poo bags

Cllr Sylvia Russell, Teignbridge District Council’s Executive Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing which includes Environmental Health, said:

“While we are keen for the PSPO to be in place as soon as possible, we are also mindful of the concerns raised by the public and the impact any of the new rules may have for businesses whose work involves looking after dogs. The start date will also allow time for the review group to be established and set up.”

Any PSPO, when implemented, would not apply to a registered blind person or someone who has a dog trained by a charity to support a person suffering from mobility, manual dexterity disability or deafness. Farm dogs moving livestock on the highway will also not be expected to be on a lead

The Ness Beach, Shaldon, and Holcombe Beach, Dawlish, are not covered by existing seasonal dog exclusion areas and will remain places where people can walk dogs at any time of the year.

You can view current byelaws and seasonal dog exclusion areas at www.teignbridge.gov.uk/dogbyelaws