Dog control and street drinking orders to be reviewed

A blanket rule requiring dogs to be on leads in any open space with a marked sports pitch could be relaxed by Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) but residents will be consulted before any action is taken.

The council believes the current requirement that dogs are kept on a lead in any park with a pitch is too strict. But wants to continue banning them from fenced play and games areas and parts of our country parks. Dogs would also still need to be on a lead in cemeteries, picnic areas and A and B roads as well as their footpaths.

At the same time, the council will be consulting on antisocial drinking orders. Such orders are not complete public drinking bans but give authorised officers additional powers in designated areas. They can require individuals not to drink alcohol or hand over alcohol in their possession.

Dog control and street drinking orders need to reviewed every three years and the current ones have to be by October 2020.

As well as the possible rule change over dogs, the council is asking for the public’s views over the next twelve weeks on whether the right areas are being covered by antisocial drinking orders.

The council is consulting on adding various areas including, in Dunstable, High Street North, High Street South, Court Drive skate park, Eleanor’s Cross, Grove Gardens, Priory Gardens, The Square - Ashton Square, Newton Recreation Ground, Mentmore Recreation Ground, Dunstable Cemetery, Luton Recreation Ground, Bennett Memorial Recreation Ground and Priory Churchyard, and in
Houghton Regis Bedford Square and Tithe Farm Road.

Cllr Ian Dalgarno, Executive Member for Community Services said: “As these orders need to be reviewed every three years, it is an opportunity to find out from residents whether we have identified the right orders in the right locations.

“Local knowledge is key so if people in a particular area believe there is a problem which the council has not identified, please let us know as we need evidence to make an order.”

Have your say on the proposed changes, here, or pick up a paper copy at Central Bedfordshire Council libraries.

The consultation closes at 5pm, on Monday 2 December 2019.

*Councils have the power to make Public Sector Protection Orders (PSPOs) after consulting with local residents, businesses and other organisations.  A PSPO is a list of specific prohibited activities in specific locations. A PSPO can deal with persistent and unreasonable nuisances and antisocial behaviour that has a detrimental effect on the quality of life for the local community in a particular area.

It can prohibit certain things (e.g. not taking dogs into kids’ play areas) or require specific things to be done (e.g. bagging up and disposing of dog waste).

PSPOs can be enforced by police officers, police community safety officers or any officer designated by councils. Breaches of a PSPO lead to fines or a fixed penalty notice.

Source: KW, CBC

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