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New laws will stop owners taking their dogs in fenced off play parks

PUBLISHED: 14:40 18 August 2017 | UPDATED: 15:50 18 August 2017

South Norfolk Council are proposing to introduce a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) to stop owners taking their dog's into children's parks. Photo: Milos12Rovcanin/Getty Images

South Norfolk Council are proposing to introduce a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) to stop owners taking their dog's into children's parks. Photo: Milos12Rovcanin/Getty Images

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New laws that stop owners taking their dogs into children's parks will be brought in by councils all over Norfolk.

South Norfolk Council are proposing to introduce a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) to replace Dog Control Orders.

At the moment dog owners have to clean up after their dogs when they foul in public places under Dog Control Order laws.

But in October that law will be repealed and replaced with a PSPO to help tackle anti-social behaviour on public land.

This means as well as cleaning up their dogs’ mess canine lovers will have to keep their pets from entering children’s play areas.

South Norfolk Council says it is proposing to use the PSPO to exclude dogs from the fenced off areas after listening to residents’ concerns.

South Norfolk Council cabinet member Kay Mason Billig said: “Public Space Protection Orders have replaced the Dog Control Order legislation that has been revoked by central government.

“South Norfolk Council is working with our communities to educate dog owners around the need to clean up after their dogs and we are working with our “primary school children who have designed posters to be used in awareness campaigns.

“The Council has also decided to use a PSPO to ban dogs from fenced off children’s play areas following feedback from our residents.”

A PSPO is a new measure brought in by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and and can be enforced by fixed penalty notices or prosecution.

It replaces some existing powers that the Council can use to deal with anti-social behaviour.

The council could make a PSPO if it was satisfied that activities in a public place had a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality.

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