Council launches consultation on Dog Control PSPO

Malvern Hills District Council wants to hear from residents on how we continue to tackle dog fouling across the district.

Today (2 December), the council launched a consultation to gather responses on its proposed Dog Control Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) that has now expired.

The council continues to receive reports in relation to dog fouling and would like to extend the PSPO that was previously in place to address these issues. If approved, the PSPO will continue to allow the council to deal with dog control offences by issuing fixed penalty notices.

The proposed PSPO could make the following an offence:

  • Failure to pick up dog faeces when in control of dog
  • Failure to carry a poop bag or other means to clean up after a dog
  • Failure to keep a dog on a lead in a designated area
  • Failure to exclude dogs from fenced off or enclosed children's playgrounds

The consultation will run for six weeks and will end on 13 January 2022.

Cllr Sarah Rouse, Portfolio Holder for Environmental Services at Malvern Hills District Council, said: "We already have measures in place to crackdown on dog fouling in the district but we want to hear responses from the public on whether they think the PSPO was effective or what could be done differently. If you are passionate about keeping the Malvern Hills District clean and encouraging people to pick up after their dogs, why not sign up to the Green Dog Walker Pledge. There is more information on our website".

Visit www.malvernhills.gov.uk/consultations to take part in the consultation.

Pictured: Dan Bayliss, Community and Environmental Protection Officer, and Jude Allen, Senior Community and Environmental Protection Officer, encouraging people to pick up after their dog.
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