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Have your say: dogs in Knowsley

by Nicola Appleton

As part of Knowsley Council’s commitment to promote responsible dog ownership and through this build better and safer communities, its Environmental Health team are inviting residents to take part in an online consultation.

The survey asks residents to vote on topics that would ensure issues such as dog fouling can be dealt with robustly through the use of fines.

In 2017 the Council introduced a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) for the control of dogs and this consultation ensures Knowsley Council can continue to enforce this action. Without the powers of a PSPO Local Authorities would be unable to hold dog owners to account for dog fouling or prohibit dogs from public places such as play areas or cemeteries.

Because of the PSPO, Enforcement Officers can currently issue Fixed Penalty Notices if the rules aren’t followed. Anyone found guilty of breaching the order is liable on summary conviction to a fine of up to £1,000.  Depending on the behaviour in question, the enforcing officer could decide that a fixed penalty notice of £100 would be most appropriate sanction. The rules are:

  • Always carry a bag or other means of cleaning up after your dog at all times
  • Keep your dog on a lead at all times in council-owned cemeteries and allotments
  • Don’t take your dog into certain enclosed children’s play areas, games areas or areas used for sport and leisure
  • Remove your dog’s mess if it fouls
  • Put your dog on a lead if instructed to do so by an authorised officer

Through this consultation Knowsley Council also hopes to gauge opinions about introducing a further offence where dogs must be on a lead on golf courses or banned from being exercised on the course. This follows numerous complaints from our residents that the Council wants to address.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods said:

“We are dedicated to building better and safer communities, so I urge our residents to have their say and take part in this consultation.

 

“We know the majority of dog owners in Knowsley are responsible, however it is the minority of them that negatively impact on our communities. With the powers of a PSPO we can take robust action against these people to make positive change and promote a cleaner, greener and safer environment which everyone can enjoy.”

You can take part in the survey by following this link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WQLVHX6

The closing date for the survey is 5pm on 6th October 2020.

More information about the orders can be found here on the Knowsley Council website.