Public Spaces Protection Orders [PSPOs]

PSPOs are one of a number of  powers introduced by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. They are designed to stop individuals or groups committing anti-social behaviour in a public space which is having or is likely to have a detrimental effect on the quality of life of people in the area. The behaviour must be unreasonable and persistent or continuing in nature.

South Bucks District Council has recently asked for feedback from residents as to whether a PSPO could be introduced to cover dog control more widely on land in the District that the public has access to. Residents were in favour of greater dog control and so further evidence is being obtained with a view to the introduction of a District wide PSPO at which time existing restrictions may be removed, amended or expanded. The orders will last up to three years before being reviewed.

The proposed PSPOs will replace the existing Dog Fouling Designation Orders established under the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 with a view to promote responsible dog ownership. The introduction of the PSPO will allow the Council to establish a comprehensive and consistent approach when dealing with dog control issues.

A person found to be in breach of the PSPO will be liable to pay a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) of £100 or a maximum penalty of £1,000 on summary conviction.

You can view the locations of existing dog fouling designated areas at  Dog fouling