Proposed dog control PSPO presented to cabinet

A draft of the Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) relating to dog control in Barnsley will be presented to Cabinet on Wednesday 24 February.

A public consultation took place in the autumn to gather feedback from residents and dog owners about the PSPO conditions, which will be implemented across the borough.

The proposed conditions are:

  • A person in charge of a dog must immediately remove faeces from any public open land across Barnsley.
  • A person in charge of a dog must put the dog on a lead when requested to do so by an authorised officer.
  • A person must keep a dog on a lead in a cemetery.
  • A person must not take a dog into or keep it within a fenced/enclosed children's play area.
  • A person in charge of a dog must carry suitable means to remove any dog fouling.

Additional restrictions will be considered in due course which may then result in separate orders being proposed and put to Cabinet.

A PSPO can regulate activities that have a detrimental impact on the local community.

Councillor Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Adults and Communities, said: "We have reviewed the feedback from the consultation and have taken elements from it to include in the revised borough-wide PSPO.

"Sadly, in recent weeks, we have seen a spate of dog attacks across Barnsley, and we send our heartfelt condolences to the families affected. We want parks and green spaces in our borough to be a safe place for pet owners to walk their dogs.

"While the PSPO will help to alleviate some of the issues raised before and during the consultation period, it remains the responsibility of dog owners to control their dogs and look after them.

"Dangerous dogs must be reported to South Yorkshire Police in the first instance."

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