Have your say on the Public Space Protection Order

The Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) that we currently have in place is due to expire on 31 December 2022. We are seeking your view on the proposed extension of the PSPOs for another three years.

You can read the draft PSPO that we are proposing lasts for a further three years, until December 2025, at the bottom of this page. 

What are Public Space Protection Orders

Public Spaces Protection Orders were introduced in the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014. They are intended to deal with a particular nuisance or problem that is detrimental to the local community’s quality of life by imposing conditions on the use of that area. Failure to comply with the conditions is a criminal offence.

In response to residents' complaints regarding responsible dog ownership, we introduced a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) on 1 January 2020 which over the past few years has helped to reduce the number of complaints received and improve the environment in the borough. 

The 4 orders are as follows and you can read the full draft proposal at the bottom of this page:

  1. Dog Fouling in specified areas
  2. Failing to produce device or other means or removing dog faeces on demand
  3. Dogs on Lead by Direction
  4. Dog Exclusion

How are they enforced?

  • Breach of a PSPO is a criminal offence subject to, up to a level three fine on prosecution (up to £1,000).
  • A Fixed Penalty Notice can be issued for £100 for failing to comply with any of the orders.
  • Payment of the Fixed Penalty Notice discharges liability to conviction for the offence.
  • The council to ensure the effective enforcement of the PSPO.

How long do the orders last for?

We are proposing that the PSPO lasts for a further three years, until December 2025, at which point we would decide whether to renew it in consultation with residents.

Tell us your views

The consultation is open until 7 October 2022. We encourage local people, businesses, and visitors to Melton to respond. This is your opportunity to tell us if your still in favour of the orders in our borough.

If you are unable to complete the online survey you can view a hard copy of the orders in the council offices and/or request a paper copy of the survey by contacting our Customer Services team.  

Once this consultation has taken place, we will take a decision and report the results on our consultation results webpage.

Last updated 15 July 2022
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