Central Bedfordshire Council is launching a twelve-week public consultation on proposed changes to Public Sector Protection Orders (PSPOs) concerning the control of dogs and antisocial public drinking across our area.

For background information, a PSPO is a list of specific prohibited activities in specific locations. These relate to dogs and drinking alcohol in public places.

The PSPOs have to be reviewed every three years and our current orders need to go through this process by October 2020. PSPOs have to be supported with evidence. To help with this we have already had meetings and conversations with the police, public health and local town and parish councils. This has informed the proposed changes.

We are proposing to remove some locations from the public drinking order and also add some new locations.

We are suggesting a minor change to dog control orders. Currently we require dog owners to keep their pet on a lead on any open area with a marked sport pitch. We believe this to be too onerous as we have large open spaces with perhaps a single pitch. Therefore, we are proposing to remove the requirement for dogs to be on leads around sports pitches.

The consultation, which is open until 2 December, will give residents and other stakeholders an opportunity to provide further evidence to support a PSPO.

You can find the full details of the consultation on our website at www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/consultations  

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