Public Spaces Protection Orders

The consultation period

Blaenau Gwent CBC went out for public consultation on the introduction of a public space protection order for dog controls within the borough between the 1st March 2016 and the 11th April 2016. All comments received as part of the consultation process where considered and included as part of the decision making process.

The public space protection order- dog controls proposed to introduce three offences-

  1. The Fouling of Land by Dogs - this will apply County Borough wide, where it will be an offence to fail to remove dog faeces.
  1. Dog Exclusion Areas - this will apply to specified areas of land identified by location plans, where it will be an offence to allow a dog to enter an area designated as a dog exclusion area.
  1. Dogs on Lead Areas- this will apply to specified areas of land identified by location plans, where it will be an offence not to keep a dog on a lead in an area designated as a dogs on leads area.

The outcome

On the 21st September 2016 Blaenau Gwent CBC met and discussed the introduction of the public space protection order- dog controls and the specific locations affected. The public space protection order- dog controls was approved by Blaenau Gwent CBC with a start date of the 1st November 2016. In approving the public space protection order- dog controls all current dog control orders are repealed at midnight on 31st October 2016.

All of the areas that have been included as either a dog exclusion area or a dogs on lead area by the public space protection order- dog controls are identified by the location plans and reference document below.

What will happen next?

Confirmation notices will be displayed at all of the locations that will be affected by the introduction of the public space protection order- dog controls.

Warning signs will also be placed at all locations once the public space protection orders- dog controls are introduced.

What is the penalty for failing to comply with a public space protection order- dog controls?

Blaenau Gwent CBC will offer a fixed penalty notice of £100 for offences contained within the public space protection order-dog controls. Failure to pay the fixed penalty notice will result in the authority taking legal action which may result in a maximum fine of level 3 on the standard scale, which is currently £1,000.

Who can I contact about the public space protection order- dog controls?

If you have any queries regarding the public space protection order- dog controls please contact-

Environmental Health Section
Public Protection Service
Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council
Municipal Offices
Civic Centre
Ebbw Vale
NP23 6XB

Phone: (01495) 357813

Fax: (01495) 355834

Email: environmental.health@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk

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