Knowsley Council has launched a consultation on a range of measures to promote responsible dog ownership in the borough.
The proposed new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) will cover new initiatives and existing measures, including:
· An order that dog walkers must always carry a bag or other means of cleaning up after their dog at all times;
· Restricting the number of dogs that can be walked by a single individual at all times, both on and off the lead;
· A requirement that dogs must be kept on a lead in the grounds of Knowsley’s cemeteries, small parks and council-owned allotment sites;
· Enforcement officers will continue to have the power to issue Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) to anyone who does not clear away their dog’s mess immediately; and
· Enforcement officers will continue to be able to issue FPNs to dog owners who don’t put their dog on a lead when instructed to do so by an authorised officer.
The consultation will also seek views on exclusion zones for dogs such as play areas, enclosed sports pitches and highways where dog fouling is a problem.
A PSPO is an official measure that is an enforceable part of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. PSPOs can be used to protect the public from behaviour that is having or is likely to have a harmful effect on the quality of life of those in an area.
Have your say
The consultation runs from 23 March until 18 May 2017 and is available online on Knowsley Council’s website.