Residents in Bradford are being urged to share their opinions on a proposed legal order aimed at cracking down on dog fouling and ensuring control over dogs in designated areas.

The current Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) enforced by Bradford Council, mandating dog owners to clean up after their pets, is set to expire in May 2024. Before extending it, the council is conducting a review and seeking public input.

The new proposed order builds upon existing restrictions and introduces some updates. It outlines specific requirements for individuals responsible for dogs in any public space within the district:

  1. Immediate cleanup of dog faeces.
  2. The person with the dog must have a means to pick up faeces, such as a dog bag.
  3. Adherence to instructions to keep a dog on a lead.
  4. Prohibition of dogs in excluded areas, except for assistance dogs.

Violating these provisions may result in court action, with fines of up to £1,000 or a fixed penalty notice of £100, reduced to £80 if paid within seven days.

The ongoing consultation aims to identify residents’ and businesses’ primary concerns, contributing to the review of the PSPO and the covered areas. Input gathered will be analyzed to make informed decisions regarding the PSPO’s future, ensuring its efficacy for years to come.

Residents are encouraged to submit their comments and views through the public consultation portal: https://bradford.moderngov.co.uk/mgConsultationDisplay.aspx?ID=671

Cllr Abdul Jabar, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety, said: “Owners not cleaning up after their dogs makes public spaces unsightly and unpleasant, as well as posing a risk to young children. So this Public Space Protection Order is vital to clampdown on this issue and to ensure dogs are kept under control in designated areas.”

The proposed order designates specific areas where dogs must be on a lead, including bowling greens, cemeteries, sports grounds, fields, parks, and pitches during organized events. Dog exclusion zones encompass equipped play areas, Multi-use Games Areas, BMX and skate parks, interactive water features, Muslim sections of cemeteries, and areas displaying signs indicating ‘dog exclusion area’ or similar symbols.