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New legislation requires changes to dog controls

Some minor changes are being proposed to the way that Fenland District Council deals with people who fail to pick up their dogs' mess or keep them under proper control.

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They are needed because of new national legislation which means that from this October the council will not be able to enforce its existing Dog Control Orders.

Instead it will have to implement a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO).

The council's overall policy will remain unchanged. The proposed new PSPO will include the same measures aimed at curbing dog fouling and making people put their dogs on leads in specific places. It will also apply to most of the same areas.

It will require owners to stick to the following rules:


  • Dog faeces to be removed from any land to which the public have access

  • Dogs to be put on a lead when requested by an authorised officer

  • Dogs to be on a lead in some open play areas, public facilities, closed cemeteries, and most churchyards

  • Dogs to be excluded from fenced/gated play areas and open cemeteries

Article added January 17, 2017