As of the 23 January 2017 a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) in relation to dog control has taken effect across the Runnymede area and replaced a number of out of date by-laws to create a more comprehensive and consistent approach when dealing with issues such as dog fouling, keeping dogs on leads and excluding dogs from specified areas.
PSPOswhere activities are taking place that are or may likely be detrimental to the local community's quality of life. PSPOs impose conditions or restrictions on people using that area.
The council has started an enforcement campaign where fixed penalty notices of £100 (reduced to £80 for early payment) can be issued for failing to comply with the order. You can report dog fouling to the council on 0800 096 2028, the information will help inform where we should target resources.
In summary this order:
- Excludes dogs from:
- specified enclosed areas such as children's play areas and recreational facilities
- Requires dog owners to remove dog faeces
- This applies to any land to which is open to air and to which the public have access
- Requires dog owners to put their dog on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer
- This will apply to any public land where a dog is considered to be out of control or causing alarm and distress
The PSPO will be in place for a period of three years from the commencement date.