New Powers are available to local authorities under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 to tackle irresponsible dog ownership.
The Council propose to make a Public Spaces Protection Order, containing 4 proposed dog controls:
1. A provision requiring people to clean up after their dogs immediately, if it defecates on public land. This will apply on ALL publicly accessible land in the City of Newport.
2. A provision requiring people to place their dog on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer of the council or police constable. This will also apply on ALL publicly accessible land in the City of Newport
3. A provision prohibiting dogs from all outdoor enclosed children’s play areas at all times, and sports pitches within their respective seasons, within the City of Newport.
4. Dogs are to be kept on leads at all times when within a cemetery.
You can view the map below or click here to view it as a PDF.
When responding to this questionnaire you may wish to consider whether you agree that there is a need for the proposed controls, whether they are reasonable, whether they should be amended in some way, or whether there are other ways we could achieve our objectives. We would welcome any comments that you may wish to make.
The following questions relate to specific elements of the proposed order, and would be applied to ALL publicly accessible land in the City of Newport, subject to the exemptions set out previously.
A direction to put a dog on a lead can only be made where an authorised officer of the Council or Police Constable believes that such restraint is reasonably necessary to prevent a. nuisance, or behaviour by the dog that is likely to cause annoyance or disturbance to any other person, or the worrying or disturbance of any animal or bird.