Public Spaces Protection Orders (dog controls)

Closed 15 Dec 2017

Opened 15 Nov 2017

Overview

We are proposing to change the controls that apply to the exercising of dogs and clearing up of dog fouling on land within Torfaen.

Why We Are Consulting

In 2013 we introduced two Dog Control Orders within Torfaen that created Dog Exclusion Areas and made it an offence for owners to fail to remove dog fouling.

Since 2013, new legislation has been introduced in the form of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, which replaces the previous Dog Control Order system with Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs).

We are proposing to introduce a single, consolidating Public Spaces Protection Order for dog controls that covers three offences listed below. Failure to comply with the PSPO will result in a fixed penalty notice of £100. Failure to pay the Fixed Penalty Notice will result in legal action which could result in a maximum fine of £1000.

These offences can apply to any land in Torfaen to which the public have access.

The three offences that would be covered are:

  1. The Fouling of Land by Dogs
    This will apply borough wide and it will remain an offence to fail to remove dog faeces.
     
  2. Dog Exclusion Areas
    We now have an opportunity to review the number of Dog Exclusion Areas within Torfaen and we are proposing to reduce the number from approximately 250 to 150.

    As is currently the case, the council considers that Dog Exclusion Areas should apply to three categories of land, namely school grounds, marked sports pitches and designated children’s play areas. A revised Dog Exclusion Area is also proposed for a Lapwing breeding area near the Garn Lakes Local Nature Reserve in Blaenavon.

    There are some exemptions for guide dogs and other trained assistance dogs. There are also exemptions where: 

     A person has reasonable excuse for taking a dog into an excluded area – for example a police dog.

    A person has permission to take their dog into an excluded area – this means that landowners such as schools can give permission for dogs to enter the grounds for community shows or to take part in lessons, or the council can give permission for dog obedience classes on a sports field, for example.

    Marked rights of way - we can't ban dogs from public footpaths. 
     
  3. Dogs on Lead Areas
    This is a new offence that has not previously been adopted in Torfaen and would make it an offence to let a dog off the lead in specified areas. We have been asked to consider two specific areas because of concerns raised about dog on dog attacks, risks to wildlife and conflicts between different users of these areas. The current proposal is for Dogs on Lead Areas to be designated in specific parts of Cwmbran Boating Lake and Garn Lakes Local Nature Reserve near Blaenavon.

We are asking you to give us your thoughts and comments on these proposals and this information will be fed into a final report that will be taken to full council for a decision in the future.

Notes on viewing the Dog Control Areas

If you are interested in finding out about what controls, if any, apply to a particular area you can view the Public Spaces Protection Order – Dog Controls reference list. 

Each Dog Control Area has been listed according to electoral ward and allocated a unique PSPO reference number. This list makes it clear as to whether the restriction relates to a Dog Exclusion Area or a Dogs on Lead area. Alternatively you can search for an area on our mapping system using this link http://gis.torfaen.gov.uk:8010/connect/analyst/?mapcfg=Public%20View&lang=en_GB


The easiest way to search for a site on the mapping system is via street name. The red areas show the proposed Dog Exclusion Areas i.e. school sites, marked sports pitches and designated children’s play areas. The green areas show the proposed Dogs on Lead Areas (currently only proposed for Cwmbran Boating Lake and Garn Lakes Nature Reserve).

If you wish to view these plans in person you can do so at the council offices at Tŷ Blaen Torfaen, Panteg Way, New Inn, Pontypool, Torfaen, NP4 0LS during the following times:

Monday to Thursday: 9am to 5pm.
Fridays 9am to 4:30pm.

We will also be holding drop-in sessions to allow anyone without access to the online consultation to view a hard copy of the plans and discuss them in person with an officer.

The sessions will be held on the following dates:

Monday 27 November. Blaenavon Workingmen’s Hall. 12pm – 2pm.
Wednesday 29 November. Pontypool Active Living Centre. 12pm – 2pm.
Friday 1 December. Cwmbran Library. 12pm – 2pm

Events

Audiences

  • Residents
  • Staff
  • Elected Members
  • All Individuals

Interests

  • Staff Involvement