Public Spaces Protection Order - Dog Control
The Vale of Glamorgan Council is committed to tackling anti-social behaviour in relation to dog fouling
The Vale of Glamorgan has often been described as one of the best places to live in Wales. We, as a Council, are proud to have been awarded Green Flag status in a growing number of parks and Blue Flag status at Whitmore Bay and are working continuously to maintain these high standards.
The Vale of Glamorgan is a dog-friendly county. There are a number of parks, open spaces and beaches for dog walkers to take advantage of. However, there are a small number of dog owners who do not take responsibility for their pets when it comes to enjoying these open spaces.
Despite several educational interventions, such as the Dogs are Clever campaign, there continue to be issues across the Vale of Glamorgan with some irresponsible dog owners, specifically where dog faeces is not being removed. We know that the majority of dog owners are responsible and we do not want to prohibit them from enjoying the open spaces that the Vale of Glamorgan has to offer.
In order to tackle these ongoing issues the Council has the power to serve a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) under the Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014. The purpose of a PSPO is to restrict persistent anti-social behaviour in public spaces. This would replace the byelaws and restrictions that are currently in place. The PSPO can last for 3 years and if breached an authorised officer could issue a Fixed Penalty Notice up to £100, which if not paid could be increased to £1000.
Following a public consultation between June and September 2018 the Vale of Glamorgan Council has considered the responses from a number of residents and other key stakeholders. We have made amendments to the proposed restrictions which can be summarised as follows:
- Dog faeces should be removed by the dog owner from all public places;
- Dogs are prohibited from certain beaches from 01 May - 30 September; and
- Dogs are prohibited from all children's play areas.
The Council has decided not to pursue the proposed restriction of dogs on marked sports pitches at this time.
The maps and documents below provide more information on the amendments that have been made to the proposed restrictions following consultation.
A report will be considered by the Council's Cabinet on 18 March. It will then be referred to Environment and Housing Scrutiny Committee before a final decision is taken at a meeting of full Council in May.
The updated table lists the areas with restrictions and where there have been amendments and the map can be viewed for more details/boundaries. The key for the map can be accessed by clicking 'layers' on the left hand-side, and there is also a search function for specific areas. This information has been updated following the public consultation based on the responses received.
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