Tough new dog legislation proposed by Dover District Council

Contributed by editor on Nov 11, 2014 - 05:45 PM

On the spot fines are set to be introduced for dog owners who fail to control their pets or allow them off their leads in certain areas of the district.



We do get regular complaints from people about dog fouling and the behaviour of some dogs - Cllr Nicholas Kenton


Dover District Council (DDC) is launching a consultation on plans to introduce a single order relating to dogs in the district – aiming to create a more consistent approach in the district and balance the needs of dog owners and other members of the community.


The council intends to bring in a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) under new powers introduced by Government in October.


The order will replace outdated legislation relating to fouling and dog control and the proposals follow a range of work by DDC, including feedback from Town and Parish Councils.


The consultation runs from 17 November to 29 December 2014.

The planned PSPO covers four key areas:

• Exclusion of dogs from certain areas - this includes enclosed children’s play areas, and also certain beaches at specific times of the year
• Failure to clear up your dog’s mess
• The keeping of dogs on leads in specified areas
• Leads by order – this covers the need for people to put and keep a dog on a lead when directed to do so by an authorized officer.

Any breach of the order could result in the issue of a Fixed Penalty Notice of £75, in line with the fixed penalty level for littering offences.

Cllr Nicholas Kenton, DDC Cabinet Member for Environment said: “We recognise that the vast majority of dog owners are caring, responsible people. However, we do get regular complaints from people about dog fouling and the behaviour of some dogs, and it is important that we respond to these concerns and set out clear rules.


"This new PSPO will bring greater clarity and consistency for the benefit of everyone and we look forward to hearing people’s comments on the consultation.”

For more information and all consultation documents, visit  from 17 November 2014.


Copies of documents will also be available in Council offices and at local libraries.


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