Worcester City Council is aware that clean streets are one of the most important priorities for residents and visitors in Worcester City.  Dog fouling continues to be a concern to local residents, although we are aware that it continues to be a minority of dog owners who do not behave responsibly in public areas.  The council wishes to use all the powers available to it to ensure that public spaces remain clear of dog fouling. 

The council is therefore consulting on its plan to introduce a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) relating to dogs in the City.  If introduced, the PSPO will require any person in charge of a dog to immediately remove any dog faeces and prevent dogs to be taken into areas that are clearly marked as ‘dog exclusion areas’.  Any person found, by an authorised person, to be in breach of these requirements will commit an offence and could be dealt with either by way of a Fixed Penalty Notice or prosecution in the magistrate’s court.

The council recognises that, for those who use an assistance dog, these requirements are not reasonable and therefore they will exempt from the requirements of the PSPO.
The City Council wishes to address issues relating to dogs through education and awareness raising, and will therefore promote the PSPO, (should it be adopted), in the following ways:
  • Published media such as the City Life magazine, residents and parish newsletters, press release and on site notice boards
  • Social media through corporate accounts on Twitter and Facebook.
  • Reference material will be added to the City Council website.
  • If required on site signage will be designed and installed on popular walks and open spaces in response to consistently high reports of dog fouling.
If you would like more information about the PSPO you can read more details of the proposed order link to the draft order:- Before making its final decision to introduce the PSPO, the council wants to hear from the public.  Do you agree with the introduction of the PSPO relating to dogs?  Do you think it is not a big enough problem to require an order?  Please tell us what you think.

Closing date: 5 March 2018