On 10th July 2018, the Council’s Executive met to consider whether a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) should be introduced to cover the whole of the borough of Ipswich.
A PSPO would give the Council the relevant powers of enforcement needed to tackle dog fouling within the borough.
Dog fouling is often seen as one of the most offensive types of nuisance anti-social behaviour, affecting parks and streets. Dog excrement is also a public health risk, with the potential to lead to blindness from an infection called Toxocara canis. The current legislation for dealing with the offence of dog fouling has been replaced and enhanced by PSPO powers. The PSPO will replace existing measures in relation to dog control in the Ipswich Borough area.
At present, orders are in place that require dog owners to clear up after their dogs under the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 (“The Dogs (Fouling of Land) (Borough of Ipswich) Order 1997. It is proposed to include a fixed penalty for those who fail to pick up after their dog (the level of fine agreed across Suffolk is £80; early payment reduces the fine to £60).
A four week consultaion to hear your views on the proposal took place between 11th September 2018 - 9th October 2018.