The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 introduced powers to create Dog Control Orders. Since 2006, Leeds City Council has introduced a number of Dog Control Orders and those currently in place control a range of activities such as cleaning up after a dog or keeping a dog on a lead. Through the use of Dog Control Orders, dogs are also excluded from children’s play areas, remembrance gardens, some wildlife gardens and many school grounds.
The Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 introduced the potential to use Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) to tackle a number of issues including dog control issues. All current Dog Control Orders in Leeds automatically became Public Space Protection Orders on 20th October 2017. However, whilst most of the existing Dog Control Orders have been working well, there are some new provisions that we are considering adding to the new Public Space Protection Order that we would value your opinion on.
One of the main objectives of introducing Public Space Protection Orders is that one order can be used to deal with multiple issues. Although this PSPO mainly refers to dog related issues, it also provides the opportunity to consult on the prohibition of smoking in children’s play areas.
The consultation should take you about 10 to 15 minutes to finish.