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Dog Control – Public Spaces Protection Order consultation 13 May – 4 July

In October 2018 Cheshire West and Chester Council introduced a wide range of measures covering the control of dogs and encouraging responsible dog ownership, which are now due for review.

The measures currently in force are:

  • Dogs are excluded from fully-enclosed children’s play areas that contain play equipment.
  • Dogs are excluded from Fully or Partially enclosed Multi Use Games Areas (MUGAs) and Tennis courts
  • Dogs must be placed on a lead at the request of an authorised officer
  • Dogs must be on a lead in Council owned cemeteries and crematoria.
  • Where a lead is required it must be a maximum of 2m in length (fixed or locked)
  • A maximum of 6 dogs per person can be walked together.
  • Dog walkers must carry sufficient means to pick up their dog foul.

It is already an offence if dog walkers fail to pick up dog foul.  It is proposed that this standalone offence be included in the wider Public Spaces Protection Order on dog control.

Cheshire West and Chester Council recognises that the vast majority of dog owners are responsible and keep their dogs under control while they are out.  For animal welfare reasons it is also beneficial for dog owners to be able to exercise their dogs off lead in open spaces.

The consultation asks for views on the current measures in place as well as seeking views on adding additional control areas.  There are a variety of ways for people to give their views:

Email:  [email protected]
Telephone: 0300 123 8 123 quoting “Dog Control”
Write to: Research and Intelligence Team, Cheshire West and Chester Council,
4 Civic Way, Ellesmere Port, CH65 0BE