As part of the ongoing campaign for Responsible Dog Ownership, Bromley Council is keen to hear your thoughts on their new Dog Control Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) proposals, which are due for renewal. While most of the proposed guidelines will remain the same as the current Order, the Council have advised that updates to the current system are needed, which they are looking for your feedback on.
This consultation is to ask residents to share their views on a new proposed Dog Control Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) for Bromley.
These proposals give the Council the powers to issue fixed penalty notices for dog fouling, as is currently the case, and means that dogs should be on a lead in certain places, including notably, on the ‘highway’, i.e. in the street.
Dogs would also be excluded from areas in parks such as children’s play areas, much like they are now. Currently, a permit or licence is required for commercial and residential dogs walkers to walk a maximum of 6 dogs (up to 4 dogs without a licence) at any one time. With these new proposals, this number will be reduced to 4 dogs (3 without a licence) with no more than 2 dogs off a lead at any one time.
These proposals are designed to help ensure that dog walkers can properly control their dogs, including when off lead, and can attend and clear up any dog mess. The proposals look to minimise dog-related antisocial behaviour incidents and place high emphasis on dog welfare concerns, and are in line with guidance from the RSPCA, Dogs Trust, and others to professional dog walkers.
Under the current (2020-23) Dog Control PSPO Order:
- You may walk no more than 4 dogs without a permit, and up to 6 dogs with a permit (no limit on dogs off or on lead)
- Dogs to be walked on a lead, identified with designated areas
- Dog exclusion areas identified with designated areas as equipped and unequipped playgrounds, enclosed/fenced sports facilities, paddling pools, boating ponds, areas within recreation grounds.
Under new (2023-26) proposals:
- You may walk up to 3 dogs without a permit and up to 4 dogs with a permit (2 of those dogs can be off lead at any time in permitted areas).
- Retaining the same approach to keeping dogs on leads on the public highway and car parks, excluding dogs from children’s play areas, and from other designated areas within greenspaces. The new proposal is to extend the ‘dog on lead’ designated areas to include cemeteries, allotments, water bodies, and café seating areas.
Elements remaining the same:
- Offences for dog fouling will continue to apply across the Borough
- Dogs to be put on leads when instructed by an officer
- Fixed Penalty Notices of £100 may be issued where evidence arises, where someone has not complied with reasonable instructions to picking up dog waste or removing a dog from a restricted area.
Please fill out the survey at www.bromley.govuk/consultation
The consultation closes on Wednesday 31 May 2023.