Fareham’s responsible dog ownership consultation about to close

JUST a few days remain for Fareham residents to make their views known about how the borough council should ensure dog owners act responsibly.

The local authority has had a Public Spaces Protection Order for Dog Control in place since 2016 but it needs to be renewed every three years after a public consultation.

It is now up for renewal again and the current public consultation comes to an end on Friday, March 25.

The current PSPO allows Authorised Council Officers to:

  • issue a fixed penalty notice – on the spot fine – to owners who do not clear up after a dog has fouled
  • direct people to put their dogs on leads if they are causing a nuisance
  • issue an on the spot fine to owners whose dogs are off the lead in particular areas – the list can be accessed HERE
  • issue an on the spot fine to owners whose dogs are in areas where dogs are excluded – all fenced play areas, Holly Hill play area, Abbey Meadows play area, and Salterns Road beach (between May 1 and September 30).

The PSPO also sets a maximum of four dogs being walked by one person in public.

However, the powers and restrictions do not apply to people who are registered blind or deaf, or who have assistance dogs.

The on-the-spot fine is £100 and if this is not paid, the fine can increase to £2,500.

People can let the borough council know their views about the PSPO for Dog Control either online HERE or by emailing consultation@fareham.gov.uk.