Introduction

The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime & Policing Act 2014 grants local authorities the opportunity to introduce Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) as a way of tackling persistent or on-going nuisance identified in specific locations where it is having a detrimental effect on the quality of life of the local community.
When used, a PSPO applies to everyone within a defined geographical area.  The conditions imposed make sure that public spaces can be used and enjoyed free from anti-social behaviour.  Failure to comply with the conditions of the Order can result in a fine or fixed penalty notice.
A PSPO can last no longer than 3 years but can be extended where it is appropriate to do so.
The Dogs Exclusion (Arun District Council) Order 2009, The Dogs on Leads (Arun District Council) Order 2009, The Dogs on Leads by Direction (Arun District Council) Order 2009 transferred into PSPOs in Arun in October 2017.
The Council is proposing that the current Arun District Council PSPOs for Dogs, which expire in October 2020 are amended and extended for a further three years until 2023.
In Summary the Council’s PSPOs currently cover:
1 Fouling of Land by dogs
Requires dog owners to remove faeces and this applies to any land which is open to the air and to which the public have with the exception of
a) Land used for agriculture or forestry/woodland, b) Land which is predominantly marshland, moor or heath
2 Dogs on Leads 
Requires dogs to be kept on leads: Within cemeteries and churchyards,
specific leisure gardens, fields, seafront leisure areas, part of the seafront and seafront areas, specific lengths of promenades adjacent to excluded beach areas, between 1 May and 30 September each year 
3 Dogs Exclusions 
Excludes dogs from: Children’s play areas, tennis courts, putting greens, pitch and putt courses, adventure golf courses, crazy golf courses, bowls greens, BMX tracks, skate parks and games courts, specific leisure gardens and conservation areas, specific length of beach 
4 Dogs on Leads by Direction  Requires dog owners to put their dogs on a lead when directed by an authorised officer.This applies to any public land where a dog is considered to be out of control or causing alarm and distress, with the exception of a) Land used for agriculture or for woodlands b) Land which is predominantly marshland, moor or heath
Fixed Penalty Notice of £100 can be issued, failure to pay can lead to prosecution.
The existing Orders can be found on the Council’s website at https://www.arun.gov.uk/dog-control
The proposed amendments to the existing PSPOs are based upon feedback to ADC Members and officers and their practical experiences in managing land and enforcement issues in relation to dog controls.
The amendments are considered relatively minor with the aim of fine tuning the existing controls which have developed from byelaws over a period of 30 years whilst taking into account the improvements in responsible dog ownership and resources for enforcement when dog owners do not act responsibly.

We would like your views about these proposed measures. The questions should take between 5 - 10 minutes to complete.

The consultation period runs from midday Monday 6th July to midday Monday 17th August 2020.

Thank you for participating in our survey. Your feedback is very important in order that it can be given due consideration.</

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* 1. Are you a dog owner?

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* 2. Are you responding on behalf of an interested or charitable organisation ?

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* 3. Fouling of Land by dogs, requirement to pick up –
Proposed amendment to the existing PSPO -
The wording for exempted land is amended to “Land used for agriculture or for forestry’ thereby simplifying the definition of land to which the controls do not apply.
Do you support the continued use of the PSPO (as amended) to require dog owners to remove dog faeces?

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* 4. Dogs on Leads.
Proposed amendments to the existing PSPO -
To include Marine Park Gardens, Bognor Regis and Marina Gardens Littlehampton.  Currently dogs are excluded from these gardens but it is proposed that responsible dog owners have access to the gardens with their pets under control as occurs in other gardens.
To require dogs to be kept on a short lead in cemeteries and churchyards to ensure the gravestones and grounds are treated with due respect and reflecting Cemeteries Regulations.
Short lead to be defined as a fixed length or extendable lead not exceeding 2 metres in length.
Rename ‘Felpham Beach Huts’ as ‘Felpham Beach Hut Greenswards (East & West)’ for clarity.

Do you support the continued use of the PSPO (as amended) to require dogs to be kept on leads in specific areas?

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* 5. Dogs Exclusion
Proposed amendment to the existing PSPO-
To include the miniature railway track at Norfolk Gardens/Mewsbrook Park which is not an appropriate area to exercise a dog and the railway track borders an excluded area.
Move the western boundary of the beach exclusion area in Bognor Regis from Park Road to the ramp at Bognor Yacht Club to reflect the practice of individuals, particularly those with limited mobility, using the ramp to access the beach and promenade.
Change Marine Park Gardens, Bognor Regis and Marina Gardens Littlehampton to dogs on leads, see 4 above.
Remove specific reference to Blakes Road Leisure Gardens as it is included under the general definition of land included as it consists of a putting green and tennis courts.
Do you support the continued use of the PSPO (as amended) to exclude dogs from specific areas and lengths of beach?

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* 6. Dogs on Leads by Direction - No proposed changes.

Do you support the continued use of the existing PSPO to enable an authorised officer to require a dog owner to put their dog on a lead?

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* 7. Are there any comments you wish to make on the proposed PSPOs for Dog Controls.(please make any comments concise - limited to 100 words).

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