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Approval of Public Space Protection Order sees increased fine for those who don’t clear up after their dogs

Posted: Fri, 14 Jul 2017 09:24 by Steve Larner

Approval of Public Space Protection Order sees increased fine for those who don’t clear up after their dogs

IRRESPONBILE dog owners are in for a bigger fine from October 1, 2017, if they fail to clear up after their pet, after East Lindsey District Council's Executive Board approved a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) for the District.

The PSPO, which will replace the existing Dog Control Order on October 1 following a change in national legislation, also identifies areas of land that dogs will not be permitted on, including play parks and certain areas of the beach during the summer season.

Some beaches and play parks are already dog-free but this had to be re-considered as part of the move to a PSPO.

A public consultation on the PSPO took place in May/June with the following findings:

  • 88% of respondents supported the proposal to increase the Fixed Penalty Notice charge from £75 to £100.
  • 94% of respondents supported the proposal to require all dogs to be on a lead in public places if required by an Authorised Officer; and the proposal that all dogs should be banned from fenced play areas.
  • 84% of respondents supported the proposal to ban dogs from main beaches in Skegness, Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea between May 1 and September 30.

The new Order:

  • Makes it an offence not to remove dog faeces from public roads; private roads to which the public have access; public footpaths; private footpaths to which the public have access; and any other land that is open to the air and to which the public are entitled or permitted to have access.
  • Bans dogs from any gated and fenced children's play area with play equipment within East Lindsey.
  • Bans dogs from Skegness, Sutton on Sea and Mablethorpe main beaches from May 1 to September 30.
  • Makes it an offence not to place a dog on a lead when requested by any Police Constable, Police Community Support Officer or Council Officer. This will apply to any public open spaces.

In addition to beaches and play parks, the following locations will also have restrictions in place which will be managed locally by the respective Town and Parish Councils.

Skegness

  • To permanently exclude dogs from St Mary's cemetery.
  • To make St Clement's Cemetery a dogs on leads area.

Chapel St Leonards

  • Seasonal dog ban on the beach 200 metres either side of the main Pullover in Chapel St Leonards between May 1 and September 30 each year.
  • Requirement for all dogs to be placed on leads at all times in the cemetery and church yard at Chapel St Leonards.

Anderby

  • Requirement to keep a dog on a lead on the sea wall path at Anderby in an area 270 metres to the south of the Pullover at Anderby Creek.
  • No dogs to be allowed on an area of beach 270 metres to the south of the Pullover at Anderby Creek from May 1 and September 30 each year.
  • To require a dog to be placed on a lead when requested to do so by an authorised person in the Parish of Anderby.

Ingoldmells

  • Permanent exclusion of dogs at Queen Elizabeth Playing Field.
  • Permanent exclusion of dogs at Glebe Park.

Wainfleet All Saints

  • Northolme Cemetery, Spilsby Road, Wainfleet, to be a dogs on leads area.

The fine for not complying with the Order will rise from £75 to £100.

Registered Blind Dog owners and Assistance Dogs are exempt from the Order.

The Order comes into effect on October 1, 2017.

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