Have your say on extending laws to tighten the leash on dogs


Cheshire East Council is asking residents if they want to see some special orders, including the control of dogs and dog fouling in The Carrs extended for a further three years.

A number of orders – known as public space protection orders (PSPOs) – were introduced across the borough to tackle anti-social behaviour, criminal activity and dog fouling and the council is now seeking to extend them for a further three years.

The council is seeking to extend the borough-wide PSPO, introduced in November 2017, that applies to dog fouling and dog control, making it an offence punishable by an on-the-spot penalty if an owner fails to clean up after their dog.

A further separate order relates to The Carrs where there has been a specific problem with dogs and dog fouling. A bespoke order has been in place within the park since 2012 to control dogs off leads and to limit the number of dogs per owner.

The council must review the orders after a three-year period and a number of current PSPOs are due to expire in October this year. The council wishes to continue the orders but residents have the opportunity to voice their views now.

The order makes it an offence for a person in charge of a dog, without reasonable excuse, to fail to pick up after the dog and for one person to be in charge of more than four dogs in The Carrs.

It is also an offence for dogs not to be kept on leads in specific areas of the park, such as north of the River Bollin, which includes both the playing fields and children's play area.

Additionally, it is an offence for a dog owner not to put and keep a dog on a lead when told to do so by an authorised officer of the Council. This area would cover the whole of the park, with the exception of the area covered by the Dogs on Leads order.

Councillor Judy Snowball, vice chair of Cheshire East Council's environment and communities committee said: "As with any consultation relating to PSPOs, I especially urge residents, members of the public and businesses in the communities that these current orders address, to come forward with their comments.

"It is important that, where necessary, these orders are reviewed to ensure that we are taking all possible routes to address behaviours that may distress or alarm the public."

To have your say on these consultations, please click here.

The consultations are available for comments now and will remain open until midday on Wednesday 6 September.