Dog Control Public Space Protection Orders
Local residents and businesses are invited to have their say about measures to help improve dog controls and welfare across Adur and Worthing.
The Adur & Worthing Councils’ consultation, which launches today, sets out plans to continue existing Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) covering dog control.
The areas affected in Worthing are Beach House Park, Brighton Road, West Park Recreation Ground, Worthing Leisure Centre, Goring Beach and Heene Terrace. In Adur the PSPOs cover the Adur riverbank off Brighton Road, and Adur Ferry Bridge in Shoreham.
PSPOs give the local authority powers to deal with antisocial behaviour or activities which are negatively affecting a community. In this case the PSPOs cover dog fouling, where dogs are not permitted, where they must be on leads and the maximum number permitted on land with any one person.
Council’s thoughts on irresponsible dog owners
Cllr Vicki Wells, Worthing’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “Public Space Protection Orders help the Councils to manage our shared open spaces so that they can be enjoyed by all members of our community – including responsible dog owners.
“Public feedback allows us to best match the range of PSPOs to different locations, reducing antisocial behaviour. These consultations happen every three years and provide an opportunity to feed into the decision-making processes, so please add your voice.”
Cllr Emma Evans, Adur’s Executive Member for the Environment added: “The vast majority of dog owners are considerate but unfortunately there are a small number who are irresponsible and don’t control their dogs, or allow them to foul. This is your chance to have your say on how we make sure we can all enjoy our open spaces.”
Public consultation on dog control plans
PSPOs impose conditions and restrictions on people using a regulated area and give the police and local authority additional powers to deal with certain activities.
Failure to respect these laws may lead to prosecution, which could mean a fine of up to £1,000 and a criminal record. Some authorised council officers can issue a Fixed Penalty Notice instead, which is a penalty of £100, with no criminal record. Any Penalty Notices that are ignored can be referred to the magistrates’ court.
The consultation is available to view on the Councils’ website.
Residents and businesses have until August, 26th, 2022 to give their views. The PSPOs are due to come into effect later this year.