In 2012, to address dog control issues and provide a safer, cleaner environment for residents and visitors to Conwy County, the council undertook a largescale public consultation on potentially introducing Dog Control Orders. These were subsequently brought in under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 and covered:
- Dog Fouling
- Dog Exclusion
- Dogs on Leads
- Dogs on Leads by Direction
The council is reviewing the dog controls in place, so is consulting on a proposed amended Public Space Protection Order.
On the 20th October 2017, as a requirement of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, the Councils existing Dog Control Orders became a single Public Space Protection Order. This change was automatic in law.
The Council is now reviewing these dog controls, so consulted on a proposed amended Public Space Protection Order which would last for 3 years, following which it will need to be reviewed. Full details of that consultation, held between 22/01/18 and 23/02/18, are shown below, together with results.
The proposals aimed to create a balance so that dog owners can enjoy their dogs and ensure their welfare, whilst at the same time others can still enjoy public spaces without interference or impact from dogs and irresponsible dog ownership.
Following that initial consultation, further consideration was given to proposed dog controls. Subsequently, Members of the Economy and Place Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 05/02/20 and the Councils Cabinet on 11/02/20, considered a new draft PSPO. Further changes were made to that new draft PSPO following Member requests. Changes now proposed to that originally consulted on are the subject of this second consultation.
The documents below provide details of the proposals. Following this second consultation and consideration of responses, any next steps will be decided by meetings of the Economy and Place Overview and Scrutiny Committee and Cabinet.
Between 01/7/20 and 28/07/20 the Council consulted publicly only on the proposed changes, amendments and additions to the original New Draft Order that in turn created the proposed new PSPO.
The results of the consultation and comments received have been considered and are as follows