Have your say on dog control orders across North Northamptonshire

22 June 2023

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Residents across North Northamptonshire are being asked for their views on a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) covering 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 harmonise the existing orders.

The consultation asks for views on the draft plan including dog fouling and restricting access to dogs and dogs on leads in certain areas of land. 

We currently have three separate PSPOs in place for Kettering, Wellingborough and East Northants around dog control, with no PSPO order relating to dog control currently in place in Corby. 

We recognise that most dog owners act responsibly, but a North Northants wide PSPO is being proposed to provide Officers with certain powers to ensure all residents and visitors can enjoy our open spaces. If, following the consultations, it is decided that a PSPO for the whole of North Northants is the best route forward, it will mean that NNC have specific powers to enforce key restrictions and everyone understands the restrictions in place.
Cllr Matt Binley, the council’s Executive Member for Housing, Communities and Levelling Up
We are seeking to review the content of the current PSPOs and incorporate the Corby area into one overall PSPO relating to Dog Control across North Northamptonshire.

But we need your views, PSPOs like the one we are consulting on have an impact on everyone, which is why it’s important that everyone has their say. Please take a look at the information online, including the draft order and get involved.
Cllr David Brackenbury, the council’s Executive Member for Growth and Regeneration
The issue of dog control can be very divisive, so I would urge anyone who has an opinion to come forward and have their say before the consultation deadline.Cllr Jason Smithers, Leader of the Council

The consultation runs from 22 June 2023 until midnight on 3 August 2023.

Anyone can take part in the consultation in the following ways:

  • Completing the online survey
  • Writing to: North Northamptonshire Council, Environmental Protection, Swanspool House, Doddington Road, Wellingborough, NN8 1BP
  • Emailing [email protected] 

The final proposed order will then go back to Executive later in the year, with a further consultation due to take place.