The consultation will finish at 5pm on the 30th June 2018.
 

Overview

The Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 came into force in October 2014. The Act made changes to the powers available to local authorities and their partners in tackling antisocial behaviour.

The Act introduced Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO) as a new power. PSPOs to allow local authorities to restrict a wide range of negative behaviours that may have a detrimental effect on people in public spaces.

Map of Bradgate Park

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Why We Are Consulting

We recognise that the majority of dog owners are responsible and ensure their pet does not cause a nuisance or disturb wildlife. There are a minority of irresponsible dog owners who do not.

Bradgate Park Trust are requesting a variation to the existing Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) at Bradgate Park and Swithland Woods, Leicestershire to tackle dog control issues associated with irresponsible dog ownership. 

The variation would make the seasonal controls for dogs on leads in the yellow zone all year round (between 9am and 10pm).

Currently, the control of dogs on leads in yellow zone is between April 1st (or Good Friday – whichever is sooner) to October 31st between 9am and 10pm.

The timings of the restriction will remain the same between 9am and 10pm.

The variation is being requested following a number of dog-related incidents between 1st November and 31st March i.e. outside the period of the current restriction, that would not have occurred had the animal been on a lead.

The yellow zone includes a public right of way which is the footpath to Anstey, this public right of way is located within the yellow zone but the restriction is for dogs on leads by direction.  This has not changed from the introduction of the original PSPO in February 2017. 

Rangers at the park and authorised officers can currently issue on-the-spot fines of £100, to people in charge of dogs who are breaching the agreed prohibitions and will include the proposed inclusion that is outlined in this consultation. 


The current PSPO covers:

  • Failing to clear up dog faeces by the person in charge of the dog (all of estate)
  • Failing to comply with a request to put a dog on a lead, by an authorised officer on any land to which the Order applies (green zone – 75% of estate)
  • The person in charge allowing their dog to enter land to which the exclusion element applies (deer sanctuary)
  • A requirement for dogs to be put on leads in the yellow zone between April 1st (or Good Friday whichever is sooner) and October 31st between 9am and 10pm

Park visitors, residents and groups which may be affected are being asked whether they still support two existing measures in the current PSPO:

  • Enforcement of people not clearing away after their dog has fouled which can result in a fixed penalty notice.
  • Enforcement of dogs on leads by direction in the green zone which may also result in a fixed penalty notice if they refuse or fail to keep the dog on a lead after being directed.

And also views on an extension to the current condition where dogs must be on a lead in the yellow zone from a seasonal basis to all year round:

  •  A variation to extend the requirement to put dogs on a lead in the yellow zone of the map above on Bradgate Park all year round.  Currently, this is a seasonal restriction (from Good Friday or April 1st whichever is sooner) to October 31st between 9am and 10pm.

What happens after the consultation?

The questionnaire is the first stage in the consultation process to ascertain if there is support for the proposals.  The second stage is the Notice of Intention where the intended proposals for any variation to the current Order will be published.

The Notice of Intention will be published for 28 days on the Charnwood Borough Council website, Bradgate Park website and the in paper format across the park.

This is the formal stage to find out detailed viewpoints.  All comments will be addressed to the Borough Council and will be reviewed by the Borough Council in order to make a decision on the whether any variations will be implemented.

Visit this page to express your opinion:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/R6NBDJT

 

Please indicate next to the question to what extent you agree with the proposals (please reference map for zone areas):

 

Consultation will finish on 30th June 2018 at 5pm