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Review of our Public Space Protection Order for dog fouling, stray dogs and dogs on leads

Our Dog Control Public Space Protection Order expires on 1 June 2020 and we wanted your views on extending it for three years.

We are reviewing the responses received and an update will be published here when available.


In 2017, we introduced a three year Public Space Protection Order that put rules around dog fouling, stray dogs and dogs on leads in order to protect users of some council land, particularly play areas.

Since the introduction of the Order we have seen: 

  • a 32% reduction in stray dog reports 
  • a 45% reduction on dog fouling reports
  • a 18% reduction in dog fouling warden investigations

Despite the improvements, reports and feedback tell us that dog fouling and associated issues remain a key area of concern for our communities.

What we are proposing in the review

We know the Order is working. By extending the Order for another three years, we would be able to continue to make improvements by working in partnership with local and town councils and communities across the county. 

You can find out more about our dog control order.

Have your say

The closing date for comments was 5.00pm on Friday 24 April 2020.

Next steps

All feedback will be considered. If it is agreed to extend the Order, it will come into operation on 1 June 2020.

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