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Dog control orders

Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO)

Bedford Borough Council has 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.

The Council would like to thank all those who took part in the consultation which is now closed. A report was taken to the Council’s Executive on 15 June 2016. The report including the consultation responses received can be accessed here.

On 17th July 2019 the PSPO was extended until 26th July 2022. Access the PSPO Dog Control 2019 extension here.

Why is Bedford using PSPO for dog control?

The Council believes these proposed changes will benefit local communities, neighbourhoods, and the local economy, as they will help in the creation and maintenance of clean, safe and healthy neighbourhoods, town centres and visitor destinations.

How can a PSPO in relation to dog control benefit me?

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. 

The PSPO covers four key offences:

  • The Dogs 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.
  • The 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. 
  • The Dogs On Leads by Direction Order: The effect of the Order is to make it an offence for a person in charge of a dog to fail to put that dog on a lead under the direction of an authorised officer on any land to which the Order applies.
  • The Fouling of Land by Dogs Order: The effect of this Order is to make it an offence for a person in charge of a dog to fail to remove faeces forthwith from any land to which the Order applies.

Signage - what should I look for?

The PSPO dog control signs can be found in many locations around the borough, especially frequently used public spaces such as the town centre, cemeteries and local parks and playgrounds. Each sign is colour coded for the specific dog control and will usually be located near entrances or exits so members of the public can view them easily.

The areas covered by the PSPO are detailed in the ward links below:

All areas are subject to regular reviews based on any evidence and information collated whilst in force.



Francis Grove Close

Tyne Crescent

Owls Park, Ashmead Road

Tydeman Close

Crispin Drive 

Bromham and Biddenham

Browning and Howkin Close

Chestnut Avenue

Molivers Lane

Pavillion Sports Field and Grounds, Biddenham


Holt Row

Priory Greyfriars

Russell Park

Sovereign’s Quay

Town Centre


Althorpe Str and St Leonard’s

Dorsey Drive

Faraday Square

Moor Lane and Mowbray Road

Offa Road


Clapham Play Areas

King George Field

De Parys

Foster Hill Rd and Bedford Pk


Beauvais Square

Chamberlain Way


Miller Road

Titchfield Drive and Whitby Way


Birse Green and Ettrick Drive

Downside Play Area

Goldington Green

Milburn Road and Saxon Grange


Joyce Close 

Fiona Way

Primrose Fields 

Primrose Fields (Area 3)

Markham Close

Great Barford

Norse Rd, Asgard Dr, Tolkien Cl and Embla Cl

Village Green

Norse Road Cemetery

Playing Field

Dothans, Pyms and Willoughby Close

Grenadier Close


Clapham Road


Harrold Odell Country Park

Kempston Central and East

Malakand Road

Redwald Close and The Pitts

St Johns

Kempston North

Hillgrounds Road and Addison Howard Park

Kempston Rural

Great Portway and Little Portway Great Denham

High Road and Oak Croft

Greenkeepers Road, Great Denham

Greenkeepers Road, Play Area near River, Great Denham

Watford Grove

Forvargue Mead

Recreational Ground, Turvey

Priory Close, Turvey

Wood End Road

Kempston South

Lovat Walk, Beech Walk, The Almonds and Southfields

Kempston West

Balliol Road


Alburgh Close

Duchess Road

Jubilee Park

Lily Close

Kathie Road

Acorn Way


Aylesbury Road

Cartmel Priory

Priory Country Park


Play Area in the Play Field, Stevington

Playing Field in Pavenham

St Peters Church Yard, Pavenham

St Mary The Virgin Churchyard, Stevington


Belvoir Walk

Mowsbury Park

Queens Park

Allen Park

The Slipe

Westbourne Gardens

Henley Road Play Areas


Memorial Lane, Bletsoe


Radwell Road, Milton Ernest


Wixams Village Lake

Jubilee Field

Whitworth Play Area

Kingfisher Play Area

Green Lane, Play Area

3D Pitch, Green Lane

The Waterfront, Play Area

Dane Lane, Play Area

Pheasant Grove, Play Area


Recreation Ground and Memorial Hall Play Area