Public Spaces Protection Order
Under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 a Public Spaces Protection Order can be made in respect to any land, which is open to the air (on at least one side and that remains open to the air at all times) that the public are entitled to have access to. This legislation replaced the Dog Control Orders made under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005.
Daventry District Council has implemented a Public Spaces Protection Order in respect of four offences, these are:
- Failing to remove dog faeces
- Not putting, and keeping, a dog on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer
- Allowing a dog onto fenced/enclosed children's playgrounds which have been designated to exclude dogs
- Failing to put your dog on a lead in the area designated for this purpose around the café in Daventry Country Park
- Not having the means to pick up after your dog
What types of land are covered by Public Spaces Protection Order?
- Land such as playgrounds/play areas, which are used by children;
- Where dogs could affect the enjoyment of others using an area of land, such as a park that is used by people to enjoy a picnic; Where there is a history of dogs spoiling the enjoyment of other users of a particular area of land;
- Sports fields where organised sporting events take place on a regular basis.
- Any land, which is open to the air (on at least one side and that remains open to the air at all times) that the public are entitled to have access to within the District is automatically subjected to the removal of dog faeces and the putting and keeping a dog on a lead Dog Control Orders when directed to do so by an authorised officer Control Orders.
Penalties and enforcement of the Order
The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 gives authorised officers of the council the power to issue fixed penalty notices for offences against the Public Spaces Protection Order. In a Magistrates Court, the penalty for committing an offence under a Dog Control Order is a maximum fine of £1,000. Alternatively, the alleged offender may be offered the opportunity to pay a fixed penalty as an alternative to prosecution. In Daventry district the Fixed Penalty Notice amount is £100.