If you enjoy walking your dog then you’re probably already familiar with the Public Spaces Protection Order regarding the control of dogs that is in place across the county borough.

But if you missed them, or if you’re a new dog owner, you may not know about the restrictions and we don’t want you to get into trouble or face a £100 fine.

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Here’s what you need to know:

  • You must remove dog faeces from all public places within the county borough
  • Don’t let your dog go onto bowling greens, play areas of marked sports pitches or fenced children’s play areas, skate parks, tennis courts and multi-use games areas. (Owners with assisted dogs are excluded)
  • You must put your dog on a lead when asked by an Authorised Officer
  • Your dog should always be on a lead around visitor centres and car parks in our parks and bowling greens
  • Your dog should always be on a lead on a public road and/or pavement.

The measures were introduced in 2017 following consultation with the public who showed strong support for control of dogs in certain areas.

Cllr David A Bithell, Lead Member for Environment and Transport, said: “As a dog owner myself I don’t find the restrictions very difficult to follow but for some reason some visitors to our parks and public areas either don’t know or don’t want to abide by them. There is a penalty for this and you could find yourself with a £100 fine.

“Please adhere to the restrictions and enjoy your time out with your dog.”

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