Have your say on plans to tackle dog fouling


Cheshire East Council has today opened a public consultation to seek residents' views around the introduction of a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) to tackle dog fouling and dog control across the borough.

The PSPO is being proposed to enable the council to combat dog fouling more-effectively and introduce certain dog control requirements.
The PSPO would allow the council to:

  • Ban dog fouling in all public places within Cheshire East borough;
  • Allow authorised officers to tell a dog owner/walker to put and keep their dog on a lead if necessary, for example, if their dog was showing aggressive behaviour;
  • Issue a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) of up to £100 and failure to pay the FPN may lead to prosecution and a potential maximum fine of £1,000, as would more serious breaches of the PSPO.

Cheshire East Council has a statutory duty to keep land clear of litter and refuse (including dog fouling) and a duty of care for dealing with waste. They also have a duty to take action against irresponsible individuals who fail to clear up after their dogs on land which is open to the public. Not only is dog mess highly unpleasant, it is also a hazard to health – particularly to children.

A spokesperson for Cheshire East Council said "Introducing the PSPO would allow the council to replace and extend the existing dog controls and byelaws. This will give a consistent approach across the borough to dog fouling as well as introduce dog control requirements, to encourage responsible dog ownership, to ensure that everyone is able to enjoy our open areas, country parks and public spaces safely."

The consultation will run for four weeks from today (Tuesday, 12th September) until October 10th, 2017. Before bringing the PSPO into effect, the council will consider the responses to this public consultation.

If the PSPO is brought into effect, the council would publicise this ahead of the implementation date.

Click here to complete the Dog fouling and control PSPO survey.

Cheshire East Council, Dog Fouling


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Harry Martin
Tuesday 12th September 2017 at 3:57 pm
How would anybody actually deal with this .Out for a walk and you witness it .Who would challenge certain people especially with dogs who may be aggressive ?
Jon Williams
Tuesday 12th September 2017 at 4:59 pm
Nothing wrong with the current "Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 - England and Wales", typical Cheshire East trying to fix things that arn't broken
Duncan Herald
Tuesday 12th September 2017 at 5:35 pm
A hazard to health? Most dogs are vaccinated for most diseases.
If you are truly worried about children meeting health hazards, try wild rabbits, foxes and birds!
No doubt we'll have people trying to get dogs banned here, there and everywhere. I wonder how those people might feel about having rabbits, foxes and birds shot ?
Mathew Owen
Tuesday 12th September 2017 at 7:27 pm
What a ridiculous comment Duncan , are you a dog owner and if so do you clean up after it ? This "consultation" does sound like a waste of time and money , its simple if your dog does something on the street or in a park you pick it up and bin it , and in children's parks they should be on a lead aggressive or not ! The problem is who catches the irresponsible owners who don't clear it up ?
Helen Gaughan
Tuesday 12th September 2017 at 9:03 pm
Not picking up after your dog has pood is disgusting , anti-social and a health hazard . Charlie and I are responsible doggy owners and quite frankly Davey Lane and the ginnel are usually disgusting ..... As I've mentioned on a previous thread this route is well-used on the school run , so any deposits maybe trodden into shoes , pram and scooter wheels ....... It's not difficult . Bag it and bin it !!!!!
Duncan Herald
Wednesday 13th September 2017 at 10:10 am
Good Morning Matthew,
1. Yes of course I pick up any 'mess' left by my dog and I also pick up any feral 'mess' that I see. Most of the dog walkers do.
We also pick up the broken bottles etc. that the brain-damaged vandals leave arounf the bandstand in the park.
2. Why 'ridiculous? I bet there will be people using this 'matter' to attack dog-walking in the park.
3. If you think that my comment about rabbits, birds, foxes is ridiculous, try consulting 'Google' on the dideases that wild animals carry.

Good Morning Helen,
I agree with you. Not to mention the paper bags, broken bottles etc. etc.
Perhaps the problem with the ginnel is that it is not owned by the local Authority and so the local Authority perhaps have no legal need to clean it up.
In the past, a Parish Council employee was, from time to time, asked to work there.
Also the 'pay-back' people from the Courts have been directed to the ginnel to clean it up. Perhaps they could be asked again? I seem to recall that contact is via the probationary service?
Helen Gaughan
Wednesday 13th September 2017 at 9:18 pm
Evening Duncan !!! We are now entering darker evenings so I fear this disgusting problem will escalate ...... People may think it's ok to not pick up 'cos it's dark , thus won't be seen !!! So the ginnel is privately owned ?? I thought the village linesman was responsible for keeping the path clear and clean ??
Duncan Herald
Thursday 14th September 2017 at 10:42 am
Hi Helen,
yes it is privately owned, or at least it was back when I was on the P.C.and looked into such things. Yes i do know who owned it but no I'm not naming anyone in case I am now wrong.

The Linesman wasn't thus responsible. I can't recal, its been a while, exactly what his job description includes; you can perhaps find out from the present Chair of the P.C.?
Jon Williams
Thursday 14th September 2017 at 11:21 am
The correct word you are looking for is: Lengthsman and he or she should be employed by local parish councils, their job was, among other things, to keep grass and weeds down in the verge, keep drainage ditches clear, and sometimes repair fences. Litter, such as it was in those times, was collected and even wild flowers were tended to.
Duncan Herald
Thursday 14th September 2017 at 4:56 pm
Good Afternoon Jon,
1. since Helen used the word Linesdman, I saw fit to use the same term; I like to see myself as a gentleman!
2. allthough some lengthsmen tended a village, I believe that the original job description was to be responsible for a specified length of highway between villages (yes, I'm just showing off now!).
3. its fun but perhaps we might ask to see the job description of A.E's lengthsman (the last time I looked, it was indeed a man, in A.E.)
Charlie Gaughan
Friday 15th September 2017 at 7:33 am
Jon try being nice not condisending