Have your say on dog control in Hastings
Residents and businesses in Hastings are being asked for their views on proposed dog control orders across the borough.
Hastings Borough Council has the power to introduce Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) to ensure that public spaces can be enjoyed free from anti-social behaviour. A PSPO was introduced in 2017 which covered dog fouling, dog exclusion areas and dog control. This expired in June 2020 and we are now consulting on what the new order should cover.
The proposed PSPO includes specific areas of the borough where dogs will not be allowed at certain times, areas where they must be on a lead at certain times and covers the number of dogs that one person can take out at any time. It also makes it an offence if anyone does not clear up their dog's mess. On the spot fines could be issued for all of these offences with the fine for not clearing dog mess being £100.
Cllr Glenn Haffenden (Green), lead councillor for urban environment, said: "We know that most dog owners are responsible, keeping their dogs under control and clearing up their mess. The PSPO proposals will make sure we have the powers to take action against irresponsible dog owners and help tackle the complaints we get about dog-related behaviour. We want to hear from dog owners and non-owners alike with their views on the proposed order, so I'd encourage anyone who is interested to have their say."
To see full information on what the proposals cover, including the maps showing where restrictions will apply, please visit https://www.hastings.gov.uk/my-council/consultations/
The consultation is being run using the council's CitizenLab pages. To have your say you will need to register or log into your account. If you are unable to do this, please send your comments to: Wardens, Muriel Matters House, Breeds Place, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 3UY. The consultation will close on 16 October 2022. Responses will then be collated and summarised in a report to the council's Cabinet. This meeting and discussion will be available for residents to watch online at https://www.hastings.gov.uk/my-council/cm/