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Dog control orders

Public Space 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.

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.

Wards

Brickhill

Francis Grove Close

Tyne Crescent

Owls Park, Ashmead Road

Tydeman Close

Crispin Drive 

Bromham & Biddenham

Browning & Howkin Close

Chestnut Avenue

Molivers Lane

Pavillion Sports Field and Grounds, Biddenham

Castle

Holt Row

Priory Greyfriars

Russell Park

Sovereign’s Quay

Town Centre

Cauldwell

Althorpe Str & St Leonard’s

Dorsey Drive

Faraday Square

Moor Lane & Mowbray Road

Offa Road

Clapham

Clapham Play Areas

King George Field

De Parys

Foster Hill Rd & Bedford Pk

Eastcotts

Beauvais Square

Chamberlain Way

Elstow

Miller Road

Titchfield Drive & Whitby Way

Goldington

Birse Green & Ettrick Drive

Downside Play Area

Goldington Green

Milburn Road & Saxon Grange

Poppyfields

Joyce Close 

Fiona Way

Primrose Fields 

Primrose Fields (Area 3)

Markham Close

Great Barford

Norse Rd, Asgard Dr, Tolkien Cl & Embla Cl

Village Green

Norse Road Cemetery

Playing Field

Dothans, Pyms & Willoughby Close

Grenadier Close

Harpur

Clapham Road

Harrold

Harrold Odell Country Park

Kempston Central & East

Malakand Road

Redwald Close & The Pitts

St Johns

Kempston North

Hillgrounds Road & Addison Howard Park

Kempston Rural

Great Portway & Little Portway Great Denham

High Road & 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 & Southfields

Kempston West

Balliol Road

Kingsbrook

Alburgh Close

Duchess Road

Jubilee Park

Lily Close

Kathie Road

Acorn Way

Newnham

Aylesbury Road

Cartmel Priory

Priory Country Park

Oakley

Play Area in the Play Field, Stevington

Playing Field in Pavenham

St Peters Church Yard, Pavenham

St Mary The Virgin Churchyard, Stevington

Putnoe

Belvoir Walk

Mowsbury Park

Queens Park

Allen Park

The Slipe

Westbourne Gardens

Henley Road Play Areas

Riseley

Memorial Lane, Bletsoe

Sharnbrook

Radwell Road, Milton Ernest

Wilshamstead

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

Wootton

Recreation Ground & Memorial Hall Play Area

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