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Public Space Protection Orders in Bedford Borough

Following consultation earlier this year, two Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) in Bedford Borough are in place for a further three years.

Orders restricting cycling in the pedestrianised area of the town centre from 9am to 6pm, and dog control orders for various locations, including dog fouling across the Borough were originally introduced in 2016. Since then, over 1,800 fixed penalty notices have been issued to individuals who have been found to be breaking the orders.

The Council receives hundreds of complaints of dog fouling and other breaches, which impact on those who want to use the Council’s award winning parks and open spaces, safe and free from dog issues, such as fouling.

A majority of respondents to the consultations agreed with the proposed Orders being in place.

Cllr Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for Environment said “The introduction of these PSPOs followed complaints from the public and businesses about cycling, dog fouling and other dog-related issues.

“These Orders will allow us to continue to carry out enforcement activities against these unwelcome and anti-social behaviours. It is a priority that our town centre, parks and open spaces continue to be clean, safe and welcoming environments for local residents and visitors to our Borough.

Thank you to everyone who took part in this consultation.”