Council consults on dog fouling controls

Hart District Council is seeking to strengthen dog fouling controls in public places across the district.

Dogs are an important part of everyday life, however evidence from dog related complaints indicate that dog fouling is a specific anti-social behaviour that needs attention.

To reduce the amount of dog fouling across the district the council is proposing to introduce strengthened dog fouling controls under a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO). This would make it an offence for a person in charge of a dog in a public place not to be able to demonstrate that they have the means to clear up after their dog, or an offence if they fail to clear up.

Cllr Sara Kinnell, Cabinet Member for Regulatory Services at Hart District Council said: “Dog fouling is both unpleasant and a danger to health, and the council is committed to tackling it in all public places across the district. Whilst a large majority of dog owners behave responsibly and clear up after their dogs, there remains a minority who do not, and it is these people who the council aims to target through its enforcement and awareness initiatives.”

The council is seeking views on the draft PSPO and the consultation documents can be viewed online at www.hart.gov.uk/dog-fouling-consultation-response-form  together with an online response form. Copies are also available to view at the council offices in Fleet. The consultation is open from Monday 30 September to 4pm on Monday 11 November.

Views are also being sought on whether other dog related issues cause a problem to residents and visitors in the District.

Comments received on this consultation will help the Council decide whether to confirm the dog fouling controls, and whether any further dog control measures should be considered. For more information please visit www.hart.gov.uk/consultation-dog-fouling-controls.

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