Barnsley Council has launched a public consultation to help shape a borough-wide Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) regarding the control of dogs.
Cabinet approved the development of the PSPO on Wednesday 9th September, which will allow the council to put specific conditions in place that dog owners must follow.
Examples of such conditions could include:
- Dogs must be on a lead by order of an officer.
- Owners must carry the means to pick up after their dog.
- Dogs must be on leads in specific places.
- No dog fouling.
A PSPO can be used to regulate activities that have a detrimental impact on the local community. Since the development of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act, 2014 previous legislation for the control of dogs, has been removed and replaced with the ability for Local Authorities to apply a borough-wide PSPO.
The survey will run for one month from Wednesday 16th September to Friday 16th October. The results will be assessed before the draft PSPO is taken back to Cabinet for further review.
Councillor Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Adults and Communities, said: "This is not a case of implementing draconian measures, but instead looking to combat the actions of a small minority of individuals.
"We continue to receive complaints from residents about dog owners not cleaning up after their dog or the behaviour of some dogs in the borough which is having a detrimental effect on people who live in the area.
"Dog fouling can be a health hazard to the animals and humans, so dog owners must clean up after their pet.
"We know that most dog owners in Barnsley are responsible and we want everyone to be able to enjoy our parks and open spaces, which this order will help to do.
"I would urge all of our residents to take the time to complete the survey and help to influence the new PSPO."