Council wants to reintroduce tough rules for dog owners across Sefton

Council wants to reintroduce tough rules for dog owners across Sefton

by Tom Martin (September 2020)

SEFTON Council wants to continue its tough approach on dog owners by reintroducing a Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO) across the entire borough.

The measure will look to crackdown on a range of different issues, such as noise nuisance from barking or uncollected dog faeces.

A PSPO is an official measure that is an enforceable part of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and it could lead to a £100 on the spot fine or up to £1,000 if it goes to court.

The council had the PSPO in place for three years up until July, when it expired, and the council wants to reintroduce it.

A public consultation is currently underway when members of the public can give their feedback on the plan up until the deadline of October 5.

The council first began the consultation in March, but this was interrupted by the impact of COVID-19.

This consultation did run for two weeks and they received over 180 responses. The council will now take all of these responses into account and combine them with feedback given during this new consultation.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, cabinet member for regulatory, compliance and corporate services said: “This is just the start of the process to consult on a new PSPO in Sefton.

“Many other local authorities across the country have introduced similar orders to great effect, encouraging greater responsible dog ownership and promoting a cleaner and greener environment which everyone can enjoy. The proposed order would continue the dog control requirements that were in place in Seton for three years up to July 2020.

“Most dog owners across the borough already understand and do most of the things in the proposed order anyway, so if introduced it will have very little or no impact on them at all.

“Please take the time to read about the proposed order and tell us what you think about it.”

To complete the survey, visit  yourseftonyoursay.sefton.gov.uk

Should anyone require any assistance in completing the form over the telephone then they can call the contact centre on 0345 140 0845.

For a hard copy version and a freepost envelope for return an email can be sent to ETSContact@sefton.gov.uk

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