Wyre Council is reviewing the Public Space Protection Orders introduced in 2017 and asking for residents to have their say.
In 2017, Wyre Council introduced a Public Space Protection Order with dog control order measures (PSPOs) on some public spaces in Wyre. These orders are in place to ensure that dog owners or those in charge of a dog responsibly walk their dog in public spaces. They are also in place to encourage a balance between areas that dogs can be walked and exercised off the lead for their welfare too.
The current orders will expire in October 2020, so Wyre Council is looking to extend these order for another three years.
Under the orders, users must:
- keep your dog on a lead within a designated area
- put your dog on a lead if told to by an authorised officer
- limit the number of dogs you have with you (this applies to professional dog walkers too) in a designated area
- clear up after your dog & put it in a bin
- have the means to pick up your dog’s foul and dispose of if asked by an authorised officer
- not allow dogs in the designated dog exclusion areas
Exemptions are in place for assistance dogs or assistance dogs in training.
The council works with partner agencies to help enforce these orders, as well as littering and fly tipping in the borough. As part of this process we are suggesting some minor revisions to the current controls and the introduction of controls at Fleetwood Nature Park at the request of Lancashire County Council, the owners of this site.
Councillor Simon Bridge, Portfolio Holder for Street Scene, Parks and Open Spaces, commented, “Our Public Space Protection Orders for dog control were introduced to ensure that our public spaces remain a safe and clean place for all users to visit.
“We want to hear from our residents and stakeholders on how these orders have worked across the borough and to ensure they continue to work.”
The consultation is open until 18 August 2020. To take part and view background information on the orders, visit www.wyre.gov.uk/dogconsultation