Dogs could be banned from small parks in Prescot and Whiston if a series of measures designed to promote responsible dog ownership are introduced.
Knowsley Council is proposing a range of measures under a new Public Space Protection Order.
The proposals include:
· An order that dog walkers must always carry a bag or other means of cleaning up after their dog at all times;
· Restricting the number of dogs that can be walked by a single individual at all times, both on and off the lead;
· A requirement that dogs must be kept on a lead in the grounds of Knowsley’s cemeteries, small parks and council-owned allotment sites;
· Enforcement officers will continue to have the power to issue Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) to anyone who does not clear away their dog’s mess immediately; and
· Enforcement officers will continue to be able to issue FPNs to dog owners who don’t put their dog on a lead when instructed to do so by an authorised officer.
The consultation will also seek views on exclusion zones for dogs such as play areas, enclosed sports pitches and highways where dog fouling is a problem.
A PSPO is an official measure that is an enforceable part of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. PSPOs can be used to protect the public from behaviour that is having or is likely to have a harmful effect on the quality of life of those in an area.
Coun Eddie Connor, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said: "We know from speaking to our residents – both those who own dogs and those who don’t – that encouraging responsible dog ownership is an important issue in the borough.
“We already have a number of measures in place to encourage responsible dog ownership and use enforcement powers against those who act in an irresponsible and anti-social manner.
“We believe these measures will improve the quality, cleanliness and safety of our environment in Knowsley. I would encourage people to have a look at the proposals and take the opportunity to comment during the consultation process.”
The consultation runs until May 18 and is available online on Knowsley Council’s website.