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Dog control orders to be discussed at Executive

Community safety

01 June 2023

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Approval will be sought at next week’s meeting of North Northamptonshire Council’s Executive to launch a public consultation on a proposed Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) around dog control.

Legacy orders in Kettering, Wellingborough and East Northants are all due to expire in November 2023, with no order currently in place in Corby.

It is proposed that a new PSPO for dog control is introduced across the whole of North Northamptonshire, to ensure consistency across the area and to harmonise the existing orders, with a consultation on the draft order anticipated to be launched on the 22 June 2023 following the Executive meeting on Thursday 8 June.

A PSPO allows NNC to enforce key restrictions including dog exclusion in all fenced children’s play areas, council wide controls on dog fouling, dogs on lead orders in places such as cemeteries and the ability to request dogs to be placed on leads when required.

PSPOs are designed to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in an area that has an impact to the local community’s quality of life, by imposing conditions on the use of that area which apply to everyone. This particular draft order looks at dog controls for North Northamptonshire and I look forward to receiving an update on the process and the planned consultation.Cllr Matt Binley, the council’s Executive Member for Housing, Communities and Levelling Up
With the legacy PSPOs due to expire in November, it is necessary that we look to harmonise the existing orders and ensure consistency across the area. A key part of this process will be seeking views from as many people and groups as possible to ensure we have the right PSPO in place.Cllr David Brackenbury, the council’s Executive Member for Growth and Regeneration
I know this can be a divisive issue, which is why I am pleased that this report recommends a full public consultation on the draft plan, followed by another consultation later in the year.Cllr Jason Smithers, Leader of the Council

If approved, a consultation will be launched and promoted through NNC’s channels. The final proposed order will then go back to Executive later in the year, with a further consultation due to take place.

The full report can be viewed online and the Executive will meet at the Cube in Corby on Thursday 8 June at 10am. The meeting will be live streamed on YouTube.