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Council consultation seeks to tackle dog fouling at Mill Road Sports Ground

The public is being asked its views to extend a Public Space Protection Order, which comes to an end on 31 October 2018.

Date issued: 21 September 2018
 
To help combat dog fouling at Colchester’s Mill Road Sports Ground, Colchester Borough Council is seeking to extend a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) which comes to an end on 31 October 2018.

Members of the public are invited to submit their views on the extension of the PSPO which seeks to ban dogs from the sports pitch areas of the sports ground and ensure dogs are kept on a lead on non-sports pitch areas.

In addition, a proposed amendment to the designated area will extend it to include the training ground of the Iceni Dog Club, which is no longer based at the Sports Ground.

Cllr Tina Bourne, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Communities, said: “Due to the failure of some dog owners to pick up after their pets, the original PSPO was introduced in 2016 and was widely welcomed by residents and local organisations.

“Where PSPOs are in place, we have greater powers to enforce against anti-social behaviour. For instance, anyone caught breaching the terms of the PSPO will face a £100 Fixed Penalty Notice. With this extension we will be better placed to ensure the sports grounds aren’t blighted by dog mess and can be safely enjoyed by all.”

To date, enforcement under the PSPO at Mill Road has resulted in 12 FPNs and a successful court prosecution against a dog owner who allowed her dog to be off-lead on the Mill Road sports pitches.

If implemented, the extended PSPO will run for a further two-year period.

The two-week consultation runs from the 24 September to 8 October and can be viewed on Colchester Council’s website at: www.colchester.gov.uk/millroadconsultation.

Any comments or representation should be emailed to parks@colchester.gov.uk

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