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Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO) Dog Control Consultation

Start Date

Monday, July 3, 2017

End Date

Monday, August 14, 2017

Consultation purpose

This consultation is open: from midday on the 3/7/17 to midday 14/8/17. Representations should be made by 14/08/17. Representations received after midday on that date will not be considered as part of the consultation process.

About this consultation

Notice is given that Mid Sussex District Council (the Council) in exercising their power under the Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 Sections 59-79 propose to make PSPOs.

Currently the Council operate dog control matters under their Dog Control Orders (DCO). The Council are now seeking to change these DCOs to PSPOs.

New sites the Council now own will also be designated under the PSPOs.  Extra sites have been designated for maximum number of dogs following the previous trial at Bedelands Nature Reserve.  These sites include some of our nature reserves and several larger recreation grounds.  All site designations can be seen in Schedule 1 – Dog Fouling, Schedule 2 – Dog Exclusion, Schedule 3 – Dogs on lead by direction, Schedule 4 – Maximum number of dogs. 

As part of the introduction of the PSPOs we are seeking your views and the Council wishes to hear from people from within the District on the proposed draft PSPOs.

The PSPOs will cover:

Fouling of Land by Dogs

  • Requires people having charge and control of dogs to remove dog faeces and this applies to any land which is open to the air and to which the public have access. MSDC sites which are covered can be seen in Schedule 1.

Dogs Exclusion

  • Excludes dogs from:

Enclosed children’s play areas, any other fenced recreational areas, such as tennis courts, bowling greens, skate parks and multi activity areas owned by MSDC. Areas of MSDC sites which are covered can be seen in Schedule 2.

Dogs on Leads by Direction

  • Requires people having charge and control of dogs to put their dogs on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer. This applies to MSDC owned land on which formal sports or community events regularly take place, and all designated nature reserves where a dog is considered to be out of control or causing alarm and distress.  MSDC sites which are covered can be seen in Schedule 3.

Dogs (Specified maximum)

  • Specifies a maximum number of dogs (6) that can be taken onto land by one person. This applies to some of MSDC’s nature reserves, adjoining land and several larger recreation grounds which can be found in schedule 4. 

If any of the conditions of the Orders are breached a Fixed Penalty Notice of £75 can be issued and failure to pay may lead to prosecution and being liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding Level 3 (currently £1000) on the standard scale. The Orders will have effect for three years (less I days) from the date they are made.

The Council seeks to promote responsible dog ownership and believes these proposed Orders will address the anti-social behaviour of some dog owners which has a detrimental effect on the quality of life for the residents of Mid Sussex.

The Council receives a number of complaints each year related to dog issues and these PSPOs seek to ensure that everyone using public open spaces can enjoy the facilities on offer safely, including dog owners.

For more information on the proposed PSPOs and the online consultation please see the section below:

Hard copies of the documents may be inspected throughout the consultation period at the following address

Mid Sussex District Council,
Oaklands Campus,
Oaklands Road,
Haywards Heath,
RH16 1SS

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01444 477561



Service Area

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