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Knowsley Council renews its guidelines for responsible dog ownership

by Alison Cornmell

Following a period of consultation with the public, Knowsley Council renews its Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) for the control of dogs, starting on Monday 15 March.

The renewal demonstrates the council’s commitment to promoting responsible dog ownership and building better and safer communities.

The survey, conducted by Knowsley’s Environmental Health Team, invited residents to share their thoughts on the current measures and comment on suggested new ones. Through this process residents agreed to the renewal and Knowsley Council have also introduced a new measure which enforces the use of dog leads on any of the borough’s golf courses.

The PSPO was first introduced in 2017 and gives local authorities the power 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 continue to 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.  A Fixed Penalty to the sum of £100 may also be issued as an alternative to prosecution. The rules are:

  • Always carry a bag or other means of cleaning up after your dog at all times and dispose of in the nearest bin.
  • Keep your dog on a lead at all times in council-owned cemeteries, allotments and golf courses.
  • Don’t take your dog into 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.

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

“Our communities spoke, and we listened. Thanks to the feedback from our residents on the topic of dog ownership in Knowsley we can continue to tackle the poor behaviour of some of our borough’s dog walkers. We can now also take action against those who walk their dog without a lead on any of our golf courses.

“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 that everyone can enjoy.”

 Please report any breaches to environmentalhealth@knowsley.gov.uk or call 0151 443 4712.