Councils appeal for public opinion on dog legislation

The Manor Sports Ground, in Worthing

The Manor Sports Ground, in Worthing

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Adur and Worthing councils are set to introduce tougher orders to control dogs.

The current dog control orders are to be transferred to public spaces protections orders (PSPO) under new legislation.

The councils are asking the public for their opinions about dogs in the area, and in particular on sites the PSPOs would be enforced, including all enclosed children’s play areas and specific beaches and sporting facilities.

Both councils plan to keep the same locations and conditions currently in place under the existing orders, with the exception of Fishergate recreation ground and the manor sports ground, off Broadwater Road, Worthing.

Councillor Emma Evans, Adur’s executive member for environment, said: “Adur and Worthing councils both believe the proposed orders address the anti-social behaviours of some dog owners which have a detrimental effect on the quality of life for our residents. The councils receive too many complaints about dog fouling, dogs off lead which are out of control, dogs inside children’s play areas and excessive numbers of dogs under the control of a single person.”

The existing dog control orders have been in place in Adur since November 2015 and in Worthing since 2014. However the councils’ dog warden service is still regularly receiving complaints regarding dog fouling and the anti-social behaviour of some dog owners. Worthing has received 229 complaints regarding dog fouling since the start of 2015 while Adur had 147. In the same time, 19 fixed penalties have been issued to people across the two areas.

The public space protection orders cover dog fouling, where dogs must be kept on a lead, where dogs are excluded from and the maximum number of dogs that can be taken onto land by one person.

Councillor Clive Roberts, Worthing’s executive member for environment, said authorised council officers will have the powers to prevent anti-social behaviour and can issue fixed penalty notices of £50. The public consultation ends at on Monday, September 5. For more information, visit www.adur-worthing.gov.uk/pspo-dog-control-consultation

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