Your views on nuisance dog orders needed

Posted on: Friday 10 September 2021

Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) help local Councils tackle anti-social behaviour. We are reviewing the current PSPOs in place relating to dog controls to ensure they remain relevant and effective in maintaining a clean and green Torfaen, and we want your views.

We need to know if residents still support the PSPOs, would like to see any changes, or think they should be removed.

There are currently three such PSPOs in place, which must be reviewed every three years:

  • Dog fouling: This is a borough wide PSPO, where it’s an offence to fail to remove dog faeces from any land the public has access to.
  • Dog Exclusion Areas: There are 140 areas within the borough where dogs are excluded, including school grounds, children play areas and marked sports pitches. Dogs are also excluded from the Lapwing breeding area near the Garn Lakes Nature Reserve.
  • Dogs on Leads Areas: It is also an offence to let a dog off a lead in specified areas, including Garn Lakes, Cwmbran Boating Lake, and all of the Council’s cemeteries.

Breaching a PSPO is a criminal offence and possible sanctions include a Fixed Penalty Notice of £100 or a fine up to £1,000 on conviction.

All areas covered by a PSPO have signs explaining the requirements to encourage people to abide by them, and details of how to report breaches when they happen.

Councillor Mandy Owen, Executive Member for the Environment, said: “Now is the time for residents to reflect on the current PSPOs to establish if they are still suitable or not.

“Since the PSPOs have been in place, there has been an increase in the number of Fixed Penalty Notices issued year-on-year.

“Getting involved in the consultation is easy, and we look forward to hearing the views of residents.”

To get involved in the consultation head on over to the consultation area on the Council’s website.

Closing date for responses Friday 8th October.

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