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Consultation on proposed changes to dog control in Cambridge now under way

News release from 09/03/2020

A CONSULTATION on the public spaces protection order (PSPO) to tackle dog-related problems across the city is under way.

A report presented to the Cambridge City Council’s Environment and Community Scrutiny Committee on 16 January recommended that the PSPO be varied and extended for dog control in Cambridge. Councillors approved the recommendations and the resulting consultation is now under way.

The proposals now being consulted on would see the creation of new dog exclusion areas in green spaces and play areas at Bean Tree Green, Dodson Way (Searle Podium), Huntsman Road, Kingsway and Lichfield Road. Dogs would need to be kept on lead at Tenby Close, Hanover Court and Princess Court.

Restrictions on dogs would also potentially be removed or changed at other locations including Brooks Road, Cherry Hinton stream / pond area, Coldhams Lane, Ditton Fields, Abbey Pool, King’s Hedges Recreation Ground, Molewood Close and Velos Walk.

New restrictions on the number of dogs that can be walked at any one time are proposed to be introduced at Byron’s Pool; with no more than four dogs being walked at any one time.

Residents, visitors and businesses are encouraged to take part in the consultation - an online questionnaire can be completed at https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/consultations/dog-control-pspo-consultation. Alternatively people can call the council on 01223 458578 to request a paper version.

The council introduced the current Dog Control PSPO in October 2017, to make it offences in specific locations such as parks, playgrounds and open spaces to:

  • Fail to remove dog mess immediately;
  • Not keep a dog on a lead in designated areas;
  • Not put and keep a dog on a lead when instructed to by an authorised officer;
  • Permit a dog to enter land from which dogs are excluded.

People breaching these orders are likely to face either pay a fixed penalty or be liable for prosecution.

The consultation on the proposed extension and changes to the PSPO runs from 9 March to 19 April, and responses will be considered, and any amendments made to the PSPO, before being presented to councillors at the Environment and Community Scrutiny Committee on 2 July, .

Cllr Nicky Massey, Executive Councillor for Transport and Community Safety, said: “While most dog owners are entirely responsible and considerate, a small minority can make life difficult for other people, especially in our parks and open spaces.

“By reviewing and extending the PSPO to cover dog control in public places, our officers will continue to have a another useful tool at their disposal to tackle this antisocial behaviour, and the areas that they will tackle will be the areas that our residents and park users most want to see dogs controlled.”