A survey is now open and will run until 6 August asking people for their views on a range of new ‘Public Space Protection Orders’ to make dog owners keep their dogs under control.
In order to encourage responsible dog ownership, the existing Public Space Protection Order for Dog Control outlines a number of measures to protect council public spaces and the community.
MBC proposes to either continue or introduce measures and requirements which will challenge irresponsible owners as follows:
Current measures and requirements
Changes to measures
Cllr Claudine Russell, Cabinet Member for Communities, Leisure and Arts at MBC said:
“Every three years we are required to review our Public Space Protection Orders and to consult with our residents and partners on the measures proposed. Maidstone is home to thousands of responsible dog owners who exercise their pets across the borough. However, not all dog owners are responsible and we believe that irresponsible dog ownership is not limited to whether an owner cleans up after their dog.
“These new proposals will ensure officers have the appropriate powers to challenge irresponsible owners and protect our beautiful borough as a clean and safe place to live in.”
Failure to comply with these orders could result in Fixed Penalty Notices up to £100, or prosecution for irresponsible dog owners who fail to adhere to these measures.
The survey should take around six minutes to complete. To take part please visit the consultation page on Maidstone.gov.uk website or click on the following link: https://LetsTalkMaidstone.uk.engagementhq.com/dog-control-pspo-2023-review
The results of the survey will be discussed at the Housing and Environment Committee which is due to take place on 7 September 2023.
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