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Torridge District Council – Public Spaces Protection Order


Torridge district Council has launched a six week consultation on the proposals, which can be accessed via this link https://tinyurl.com/y9lboqj9 will run until the 25th March.

The administration area of Torridge District Council has benefited for 4 years from Dog Control Orders (DCO) currently in place across the district. These Orders covered dog fouling, dogs on leads at 2 specific locations, dogs on lead by direction by an authorised officer and dog exclusion areas on Westward Ho! Beach, and all enclosed children’s play areas.

The Anti Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (“the act”) introduced new legislation in the form of Public Spaces Protection Orders which are intended to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in a particular area that is having a detrimental impact on the local community’s quality of life. The Council therefore want to make sure that the current restrictions reflect what the public want and that we strike the right balance between dog owners and the wider public.

It is therefore proposed that a Public Spaces Protection Order be introduced for the control of dogs, so that we can continue to address the anti social behaviours of irresponsible dog owners. Unless we can address anti social activities such as dog fouling, dogs off leads which are out of control, and dogs inside children’s play areas then we believe this to be unreasonable and will inevitably have a significant detrimental effect on the quality of life for the residents, visitors and business proprietors within Torridge.

With the PSPO, if the behaviours continue officers have the option to utilise powers set out in the Act. These are; an on the spot Fixed Penalty Notice (Maximum £100) or prosecution in the Magistrate’s Court. If any such prosecution is successful the court can impose a maximum fine of up to £1000, or grant a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO).

In introducing a PSPO the District Council are required to consult with Devon & Cornwall Police, community representatives, and owners and occupiers of land affected. In this respect your views are important. The proposed Order is attached as a link below. In the event that you are unable to view the document through our website then please email environmental.protection@torridge.gov.uk with your full contact details or alternatively call 01237 428810, and arrangements can be made to send you a paper copy out in the post.

The proposed draft Order, although at an advanced stage is nonetheless still a formative document and the final Order will be shaped by the nature and content of any responses made as a result of this public consultation.



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