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Dog Control Orders 2017

Please note that the consultation has now closed

Bedford Borough Council has previously consulted with its citizens and stakeholders of the Borough for their views on introducing a single order relating to dogs in the borough - aiming to create a more consistent approach in the borough and balance the needs of dog owners and other members of the community. Section 59 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 enables the Council to bring in a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) under new powers introduced by Government. In June 2016 following consultation it was agreed that Bedford Borough Council would use these powers moving forward.

Bedford Borough Council currently use Dog Control Orders as we believe they benefit local communities, neighbourhoods, and the local economy, and help in the creation and maintenance of clean, safe and healthy neighbourhoods, town centres and visitor destinations. The Council aims to promote responsible dog ownership and reduce complaints for dog issues such as dog fouling. This allows the public and especially children access to dog-free or dog-controlled areas intended for recreational purposes to improve health and well-being, making Bedford a safe and enjoyable place to live. The Council intends to reduce and tackle issues relating to dogs running loose and causing a nuisance to others, and also to reduce the potential health implications associated with dog faeces.

Bedford Borough Council now wishes to consult residents and stakeholders on the expansion of the Dog Control Orders to cover new areas which are listed below.

Dog Exclusion Order - The effect of the Order is to make it an offence for a person in charge of a dog to permit the dog to enter or remain on any land to which this Order applies.

Dogs on Leads Order - The effect of the Order is to make it an offence for a person in charge of a dog to fail to ensure that a dog is kept on a lead on any land to which the Order applies.

Those committing an offence can be fined up to £1,000. However, it is proposed to offer a Fixed Penalty Notice of £75 as an alternative to prosecution, which would discharge liability for the offence.

Dogs used by the police or other agencies for official purposes, will have a reasonable excuse for failing to comply with a dog control order. People requiring assistance dogs (trained by a prescribed charity) are exempted from dog fouling and dog ban orders.

Click here to view maps of locations proposed

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What Happens Next?

Once the consultation is closed we will consider carefully all the responses that have been received.  The outcome of the consultation will be reported to the Councils Executive on 20th September 2017. This website will also be updated so please check back.


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