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New Public Space Protection Orders proposed for the Borough of Melton

Published Friday, 31st May 2019

On June 5th the first Cabinet meeting will take place since it was formed. The agenda includes a proposition to consult on new Public Space Protection Orders.

There is currently a Dog Control Order in place in the Borough of Melton (with some restrictions), which requires people to pick up the faeces of dogs in their control. However this Order will expire permanently in 2020 and it only allows the council to control dog fouling.

The Government have provided a new tool to deal with issues affecting public spaces (including dog fouling) but must be based on local evidence. The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 introduced Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO), to deal with anti-social behaviour in particular areas.

Melton Borough Council is looking to introduce PSPOs to continue to deal with fouling issues whilst bringing in new conditions to help protect the public and reduce incidents of anti-social behaviour.

Part of the process of approving PSPOs is to gather evidence to demonstrate the need for the Order and go out to public consultation on the proposals.

Cllr John Illingworth, portfolio holder for Environment and Regulatory Services said: "Achieving a clean and attractive environment is one of our Place Priorities. We have already increased our capacity to undertake additional environmental enforcement with the appointment of an Environmental Enforcement Officer to proactively tackle issues such as dog fouling and anti-social behaviour. If approved by Cabinet on June 5th this PSPO consultation will engage with both residents and national bodies such as The Kennel Club in seeking views which will be vital in putting these PSPOs in place and ensuring Melton is an attractive place to live, work and visit.”

If the Cabinet approves it, the consultation will commence in July and run for the duration of the summer.



For more information please contact:

Hazel Paterson

Communications Officer

Melton Borough Council

01664 504294