Consultation on dog rules in Reigate & Banstead public spaces

David Grantham, 28 August 2020

 

Residents and visitors are being asked for their views on the rules used to control the behaviour of dogs in Reigate & Banstead’s parks and green spaces.

Many of Reigate & Banstead Borough Council’s Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) used to control dogs have been in place for three years, and must now be consulted on before the council can decide whether to renew them.

More than 90 PSPOs that are in place across the borough’s parks and green spaces are due for review, as well as some new ones.

In line with legislation, the council would like to hear whether people think the orders should be continued, changed or stopped.

PSPOs cover rules such as dog fouling, having dogs on leads, maximum number of dogs that can be walked at a time, and outright bans in areas such as playgrounds.

Council and police officers have powers to issue fines for breach of PSPOs.

Cllr Natalie Bramhall, executive member for neighbourhood services, said: “Our parks are well used and loved by residents and visitors to the borough.

“It’s therefore important that we consider the views of all who use them – both those who have dogs and those who don’t – and help them remain enjoyable spaces for everyone to enjoy.

“Please take part to tell us what you think.”

The council has said that it wants to hear from as many people as possible, including visitors to the borough.

Information on the rules for each park or green space, and the survey questions, are on a Reigate & Banstead Borough Council webpage.

The consultation closes at 11pm on Sunday 13 September.

Other evidence from the council’s greenspaces and joint enforcement teams, the police and other partner organisations will also be reviewed.

Council officers will then make a recommendation to councillors who will decide whether to renew or change each PSPO.  Results of the consultation, and decisions, will be published on the council’s website.

 

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