A Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) for dog control comes into effect in County Durham from 1 June 2017. The Order allows new powers to replace and add to existing powers to enforce against irresponsible dog owners.
What does the PSPO mean for dog owners?
From 1 June 2017, it is an offence in County Durham if you:
- allow a dog to foul without picking it up (already an offence and continues under the PSPO)
- allow a dog to stray (ie allow a dog to wander/roam loose/exercise without a responsible owner)
- fail to put a dog on a lead when asked to do so by an authorised person (council staff, neighbourhood warden or Durham Constabulary police officer)
- allow dogs in designated fenced off fixed play areas (ie dogs are not allowed in specified areas where slides, swings and/or climbing equipment is contained by a fence). From, 1 June 2017, fenced off play sites affected by the PSPO will display a sign advising that dogs are not allowed in.
Where in Haswell is affected?
Fenced off play site area/park at:
- Hutton Grove
- Windsor Terrace
- Hessewelle Crescent
for more information on the PSPO please visit the Durham County Council website, where the issue is explained in greater detail:
They have also released a video on YouTube with more information: