12 June 2018
Public Spaces Protection Order Consultation - Enhanced Dog Control Powers

Have your say!
Daventry District Council is consulting on proposals to extend and increase its powers to address irresponsible dog ownership across the district. Give your feedback!
As well as testing those laws already in place, the Council is keen to take advantage of this opportunity to expand the requirements of the existing Public Spaces Protection Order and consult on more innovative ideas which would extend the remit to encompass other pressing local issues that fall within the description of antisocial behaviour

he Council currently enforces five dog control orders that make it an offence for people who:


·         Fail to pick up after their dog

·         Allow their dog into a designated children’s play area

·         Fail to put their dog on a lead when directed to do so by a Council officer

·         Fail to keep their dog on a lead within a designated area at Daventry Country Park

·         Fail to have the means to pick up after their dog.


It is considering introducing nine additional new powers, which aim to enhance the Council’s ability to deal with irresponsible dog owners. These changes include:


·              Dogs should always be on a lead in graveyards, cemeteries or memorial gardens

·              Dogs should always be kept on leads near schools

·              Dogs should always be kept on leads in built up areas

·              Dogs should be excluded from playing areas of marked and maintained sports pitches (in season)

·              A defined lead length and type of lead is to be used in areas where a dog should be on a lead

·              A restriction on the number of dogs to be walked at any one time

·              Prohibition of smoking from defined children’s play areas

·              Introduce DNA restricted areas of public space

·              Delegation of enforcement powers to parish councils


How to share your views
The consultation period closes at midnight on Tuesday 24 July 2018. 
There is a range of ways to express your views: 
 You can complete the survey online at: www.daventrydc.gov.uk/consultations
 You can request a paper copy of the questionnaire by calling 01327 871100. It can be returned to us via Freepost (no stamp required) by the closing date.
Your views are important. Completing the questionnaire is voluntary and all the information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. 
No information will be released that could identify an individual or organisation. 
Please note that you need to be aged 16 or over to take part in this survey.
How your views will be used
The outcome of the public consultation will be considered by the Full Council in the autumn of 2018.

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