Council cracking down on dog fouling as PSPOs come into effect

New Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) are coming into force in North East Lincolnshire to clamp down on irresponsible dog owners.

The new PSPOs were agreed in January after a consultation last year and they give the Council powers to deal more effectively with irresponsible dog owners.

A PSPO allows the Council to put restrictions in specific areas such as town centres, parks and the beach.

The latest PSPOs deal with irresponsible dog ownership and there are others being introduced for anti-social behaviour.

New signs have been put up on newly-installed litter bins and lamp posts to let people know about the restrictions.

A borough-wide PSPO covers not picking up dog mess, not carrying the means to pick up after your dog and to put your dog on a lead when told to do so by an authorised officer.

There are also PSPOs for specific areas with conditions that exclude dogs from play areas and keeping dogs on leads during organised events.

Under the new orders, dogs are still banned from Cleethorpes beach between Wonderland Groyne and Cleethorpes Leisure Centre from Good Friday to 30 September under the new PSPO restrictions.

Not picking up dog mess is an offence the council can already take action against, but the introduction of the PSPO allows more flexibility to address the wider issues around irresponsible dog ownership.

Councillor Ron Shepherd, cabinet member for Safer and Stronger Communities said: “North East Lincolnshire Council is backing community calls to confront careless dog owners.

“These new PSPOs will be used to crack down on irresponsible dog owners and help keep our area clean and safe.

“We know most dog owners take their responsibilities seriously, it’s a shame that a careless few spoil things for the rest of us.”

Neil Clark, strategic lead for Regulatory Services added: “Dog fouling is an offence the council can already take action against.

“The introduction of a PSPO gives us more flexibility to address the wider issues around irresponsible dog ownership.”

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A fixed penalty notice can (FPN) be issued to any person who breaches a PSPO, giving them an opportunity to avoid prosecution by paying a fixed penalty of up to £100.

FPNs are issued as part of North East Lincolnshire Council’s contract with Doncaster Council.

Anyone found guilty of an offence in the Magistrates’ Court is liable, on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding level three on the court’s standard scale of fines (currently £1,000).

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