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Have your say on dog control orders

10 July 2017 

We are holding an eleven-week consultation to find out what people think about dog control measures in the district.

Currently dog control orders are in place to deter irresponsible dog ownership and protect the environment. 

However, current dog control legislation will expire in October 2017 and we have the option to replace this with a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO).

The consultation - beginning on Friday 14 July - is an opportunity to give feedback to us on previous dog control orders and make your views heard on options for the new order. We are also welcoming any other feedback regarding dog control matters, as this may shape future PSPOs.

We will be running a series of drop-in events at locations across the district where you can complete a survey and have your say. Staff will be in attendance all day at events, unless stated otherwise:

  • Friday 14 July, Croftlands Community Centre, Ulverston (11:30 -13:30)
  • Friday 14 July, Lightburn Park, Ulverston (14:30 - 16:30)
  • Wednesday 26 July, North Lonsdale Show
  • Wednesday 2 August, Cartmel Show
  • Thursday 17 August, Queen’s Park, Windermere (11:00 - 13:00)
  • Thursday 17 August, The Glebe, Bowness-on-Windemere (15:00 - 17:00)
  • Tuesday 22 August, Kendal Market Place (11:00 - 13:00)
  • Tuesday 22 August, Kendal Leisure Centre (16:00 - 18:00)
  • Thursday 7 September, Rothay Park, Ambleside (11:00 -  13:00)
  • Thursday 14 September, Westmorland County Show, Crooklands

Councillor David Fletcher, our Portfolio holder for Environment, said: “We would like to get as much feedback as possible on the planned PSPO.

“The survey will ask a series of questions regarding dogs and public spaces, and covers proposed orders concerning keeping dogs on leads, fouling and exclusion areas.

“By introducing the PSPO we can create a more comprehensive and consistent approach when dealing with issues, such as dog fouling. I’d urge everyone to take the survey as your opinion will have a direct impact on the way the PSPO is implemented.”

PSPO surveys can also be picked up at South Lakeland House in Kendal, Coronation Hall in Ulverston and Windermere Library. 

Maps on public open spaces covered under the existing order and proposed changes will be available to view online from Friday, 14 July. 

Consultation closes on Sunday, 1 October, 2017.

A PSPO specifies an area where activities are taking place that are or may likely be detrimental to the local community’s quality of life. They can impose restrictions on the use of that area, which apply to everyone who is carrying out that activity.

The orders are designed to ensure that the law-abiding majority can enjoy public spaces safe from anti-social behaviour.

For further information, please contact us on 01539 733333 or email parks@southlakeland.gov.uk.