Share your views on the Dog Fouling Public Space Protection Order

The public is invited to submit its views on proposals to introduce a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) within the entire Colchester District (Restricted Area).

The consultation will run for 3 weeks from Monday 12 December 2022 until Monday 02 January 2023.

If approved, the PSPO would cover the restricted area and last for three years.

The implementation follows complaints to the Council from residents and visitors about antisocial behaviour including:
  • Members of the public walking their dogs and allowing them to defecate in public areas, without removing the waste. This causes nuisance and a risk to public health.
It applies to all land in the administrative area of the Council to which the public or any section of the public has access, on payment or otherwise, as of right or by virtue of express or implied permission. A plan of the administrative area of the Council is attached to the Order.

The Council therefore under section 59(4) requires:

If a dog defecates at any time on land to which this order applies a person who is in charge of the dog at the time must remove the faeces from the land forthwith.

Failure without reasonable excuse to comply with the requirement imposed by this Order is a summary offence under section 67 of the 2014 Act. A person guilty of an offence under section 67 is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

A constable or an authorised person may under section 68 of the 2014 Act issue a fixed penalty notice to anyone he or she has reason to believe has committed an offence under section 67 in relation to this Order.


Nothing in this order shall apply to a person who:

a) is registered as a blind person in a register compiled under section 29 of the National Assistance Act 1948; or
b) a person with a disability affecting their mobility, manual dexterity or ability to lift, carry or move everyday objects and who relies upon a dog trained by a prescribed charity for assistance.

Restricted Area

The activities described above would be prohibited across the entire Colchester District.

You must send all comments and feedback via our online form or by emailing by 02 January 2023. 

Page last reviewed: 12 December 2022


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