Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) Renewal Consultation - Responsible Dog Ownership

Closed 7 Sep 2021

Opened 28 Jul 2021

Overview

Stockport Council is consulting on proposals to renew the existing Public Space Protection Order promoting responsible dog ownership in the borough. 

Why your views matter

We understand that most dog owners are responsible and look after both their dogs and their local environment. However, we have previously received a great many complaints about dog control, which includes fouling, dogs off lead that are out of control, dogs inside children's play areas and dogs off leads in cemeteries. 

In response to these complaints, we introduced a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) in 2018 which helped to reduce the number of complaints received. This has acted as a deterrent and has sent the message that Stockport is committed to tackling anti-social behaviour. 

We are therefore proposing to renew the PSPO that covers the following:

  • Maintaining the current fine for fouling on public land of £100
  • Excluding dogs from enclosed children’s play areas and other enclosed sports areas 
  • Requiring dogs to be kept on leads in cemeteries. 
  • No more than four dogs to be under the control of one person in parks and other public open areas.   
  • Requiring people to have dog bags or the means to pick up after their dog when they are walking their dog. 
  • Require people to put dogs on a lead when requested by an authorised officer.

We want to hear the views of the community on this important matter. The consultation will run from 28 July 2021 until 7 September 2021.  Once this consultation has taken place, we will take a decision.

We are committed to improving the environment in Stockport and are also promoting the We Love Stockport Campaign (opens in a new window).