Barnsley Council recognises that most dog owners are responsible and respectful to their local community. However, the council continues to receive complaints from residents about dog fouling and the behaviour of some dogs.
Cabinet members will discuss the development of a borough-wide Public Space Protection Order specifically designed for the control of dogs across the borough. If approved by Cabinet, the council will consult with the public and key stakeholders about their views on this topic.
The views will then help to craft and develop a draft order to be delivered back to cabinet for further review.
A dog control order allows the council to put in place specific conditions that dog owners must follow; these could include conditions such as:
- Dogs on lead by order of an officer.
- Owners carrying the means to pick up after their dog.
- Dogs on leads in specific places.
- No dog fouling.
Any refusal would result in a fine to the individual of £100. Non-payment could result in a £1,000 fine imposed by the courts.
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.
Cllr Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Adults and Communities, said: “We have a lot of responsible dog owners in Barnsley, who do make sure their dogs are behaving and clean up after their dog. However, we still get reports where this is not happening, and it has a detrimental effect on people who live in the area. This report allows us to look at how we tackle these issues in the future with our partners and the public, to shape something that is beneficial for the whole community and makes sure everyone is enjoying our open spaces.”