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Dog control Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO)

Dog control Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO)

We want everyone to be able to enjoy our public spaces, and sometimes that means having rules to make sure that can happen.

We've brought in restrictions in some of the parks and open spaces around Chesterfield to govern where dogs can go and when they should be kept on leads. This will help us tackle dog fouling and nuisance dog behaviour problems.

Responsible owners know that their dogs should be kept away from children's play areas, or kept on leads in certain places, and our new dog control PSPO (public spaces protection order) shows clearly where that should happen. 

We have publicised where the PSPO is in force, and if you ignore the PSPO you can be fined. You can see areas affected by the dog control PSPO on our interactive map here, or see details below.


Questions about the dog control PSPO

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A PSPO is a public spaces protection order.

It is a legal document, drawn up by the council, that allows us to restrict activities in public spaces where they could have a harmful effect on other people.

The aim is to improve the enjoyment of public spaces for the majority of people, and reduce anti-social behaviour caused by dog fouling and nuisance dogs.

The dog control PSPO is a new power under the Anti–Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and replaces Dog Control Orders.

Public spaces should be available for everyone to enjoy.

Sometimes an activity or behaviour, even if it isn't intended to be anti-social, can cause a nuisance to other people.

If the activity causes (or is likely to cause) a harmful effect on the quality of life of local people, is ongoing and is unreasonable, then we can use a PSPO to restrict it.

The Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) first came into force in July 2018. Each PSPO lasts up to three years.

The dog control PSPO was extended in 2021 and comes into force from 20 August 2021 until 19 August 2024.

If you see someone that is breaching a restriction is a PSPO area you can report it to us by:

The dog control PSPO controls activities that could lead to dog fouling and nuisance dog behaviour.

Full details of the offences you could commit if you ignore the PSPO are contained in the order, but in general you will be committing an offence if you:

  • allow your dog to foul and don't clean it up - not being aware that your dog has fouled, or not having anything with you to clean it up is not an excuse
  • let your dog off the lead in a restricted area - you can see the areas affected and times the restrictions apply on our maps
  • don't put your dog on a lead when a council officer tells you to - our officers will only tell you to put your dog on its lead if it needs restraining to prevent a nuisance or behaviour to another person, or to a bird or another animal
  • allow your dog into an excluded area - you can see the dog exclusion zones on our maps

If you ignore the rules contained in the dog control PSPO you could be fined:

  • £80 on the spot (a ‘Fixed Penalty Notice’)
  • up to £1,000 if it goes to court

You won’t be fined if you have an exemption from the dog control PSPO (see below).

The dog control PSPO will apply to most people, if you are in charge of a dog you are responsible for it (even if you are not the legal owner).

There are some exemptions though, and the order won't apply to anyone that: 

  • is registered blind - under Section 29 of the National Assistance Act 1948
  • has a physical disability - that affects their mobility, manual dexterity, physical coordination etc, in respect of a registered assistance dog
  • has written permission/exemption - from Chesterfield Borough Council

Full details of these exemptions can be found in the dog control PSPO.

Use our interactive map to find parks and open spaces near you that are covered by the dog control PSPO.

Alternatively, you can see all the areas covered by the PSPO here:

1 Boythorpe Cemetery PDF (PDF 413 KB)
2 Brimington Cemetery PDF (PDF 248 KB)
3 Brearley Wetlands PDF (PDF 223 KB)
4 Chesterfield Crematorium PDF (PDF 271 KB)
5 Eastwood Park - lodge, wildlife garden, tennis courts PDF (PDF 290 KB)
6 Holmebrook Valley Park - path around lake PDF (PDF 242 KB)
7 Holmebrook Valley Park- cafe pavilion car park PDF (PDF 238 KB)
8 McGregor's Pond PDF (PDF 224 KB)
9 Norbriggs Flash Nature Reserve PDF (PDF 290 KB)
10 Poolsbrook Country Park - cafe, pavilion, car park PDF (PDF 184 KB)
11 Poolsbrook Country Park - path around lake PDF (PDF 300 KB)
12 Poolsbrook Country Park - path around lakes and car park PDF (PDF 301 KB)
13 Ringwood Park PDF (PDF 206 KB)
14 Spital Cemetery PDF (PDF 312 KB)
15 Staveley Cemetery PDF (PDF 275 KB)
16 Badger Recreation Ground PDF (PDF 183 KB)
17 Brearley Park PDF (PDF 417 KB)
18 Eastwood Park PDF (PDF 372 KB)
19 Eastwood Recreation Ground PDF (PDF 382 KB)
20 Hady Playing Field PDF (PDF 272 KB)
21 Highfield Park PDF (PDF 299 KB)
22 Hilltop Recreation Ground PDF (PDF 157 KB)
23 Holmebrook Valley Park PDF (PDF 276 KB)
24 Inkerman Recreation (Wasps Nest) PDF (PDF 183 KB)
25 Inkersall Green Recreation Ground PDF (PDF 331 KB)
26 King George's Field PDF (PDF 148 KB)
27 Kirkstone Road Recreation Ground PDF (PDF 237 KB)
28 Langer Field PDF (PDF 389 KB)
29 Loundsley Green Playing Field PDF (PDF 130 KB)
30 Brimington Common Recreation Ground PDF (PDF 215 KB)
31 Markham Way (near B&Q) PDF (PDF 190 KB)
32 Pearson Recreation Ground PDF (PDF 140 KB)
33 Poolsbrook Country Park PDF (PDF 168 KB)
34 Poolsbrook Playing Field PDF (PDF 234 KB)
35 Poolsbrook Road Recreation Ground PDF (PDF 208 KB)
36 Queens Park PDF (PDF 301 KB)
37 Spital Road Recreation Ground PDF (PDF 229 KB)
38 Somersall Park PDF (PDF 126 KB)
39 Stand Road Park PDF (PDF 342 KB)
40 Station Road Recreation Ground PDF (PDF 164 KB)
41 Stone Lane Kick About PDF (PDF 228 KB)
42 Tapton Park PDF (PDF 182 KB)
43 Wain Avenue PDF (PDF 187 KB)
44 Valley Road Recreation Ground PDF (PDF 154 KB)

 


Last updated on 18 August 2021