Dogs Public Space Protection Order
Darlington Borough Council is proposing to replace all existing Dog Control Orders in the borough with a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) and introduce a new PSPO to ban dogs from the council’s cemeteries, currently covered by a by-law.
The existing Dog Control Orders set out four offences:
- Failure to remove dog faeces
- Not keeping a dog on a lead
- Not putting and keeping a dog on a lead when directed by an authorised officer
- Permitting a dog to enter land from which dogs are excluded (including children’s play areas, areas for sporting recreation and school grounds)
It is proposed each of the offences will be included in the new PSPO which will also include the introduction of two others:
- Walking more than a specified number of dogs (suggested maximum of four)
- Replace by-laws in Darlington with a PSPO to exclude dogs from all cemeteries (North, West and East), except in circumstances as follows:
- If the person is blind and has a guide dog to accompanying them (also applies to other registered assistance dogs)
- If the person is attending a funeral or memorial service accompanied by a dog which is on a lead at all times
- If the dog resides within premises within the cemetery
Where a PSPO is in force a police officer, police community support officer, a council civic enforcement officer or other council officer witnessing behaviour that breaches its conditions may challenge the individual concerned and ask them to comply. If the individual does not comply with the request, an offence is committed.
An offence involving a PSPO can be punishable by a fine of up to £1,000 or by a fixed penalty of up to £100.
Consultation is open for an eight week period from 1st November to 1st February 2020. You can have your say on the proposals by completing the survey below