Bid to stop dog fouling and antisocial behaviour in Weston underway
PUBLISHED: 17:00 02 November 2017
A crackdown on dog fouling, littering, skateboarding, and antisocial behaviour has begun in North Somerset.
North Somerset Council has this week introduced Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) with the hope of deterring antisocial behaviour in public places.
Public drinking, urinating and littering are all offences which could be punished with a spot fine of up to £75, issued by a team of 100 officers policing the crackdown.
The new rules require all dogs on Weston High Street to have leads, while skateboards, scooters and roller blades have been banned from Princess Royal Square.
People caught smoking or with dogs in enclosed children’s play areas could also be fined.
The council’s executive member for parks and green spaces, Peter Bryant, said: “We have worked with the police and other organisations to identify the types of antisocial behaviour which frequently take place in our towns and villages.
“Introducing PSPOs enables us to deal with it effectively and will benefit residents, businesses and their customers by helping to make North Somerset a desirable place to live, visit and work.”
The power allows the trained council and police officers to fine people who fail to produce a receptacle to pick up dog mess when asked.
Central ward councillor Richard Nightingale told the Mercury the majority of complaints he receives are in connection with dog fouling, and the new legislation ‘offers a real opportunity to come to grips with the problem’.
He said: “The majority of dog owners are responsible, but sadly a few are not.
“The council has tried increasing the number of patrols but the issue has still persisted. Clearly something had to be done.
“This will protect responsible dog owners, while tackling those who are not. I am hoping these new orders will make our neighbourhoods safer and our roads and pavement cleaner.”
Cllr Bryant added: “We have listened to what residents have had to say. Further consideration will be given to introducing PSPOs which tackle other issues such as the use of drones and inconsiderate parking around schools.
“More consultation will also take place where communities have not supported the introduction of an order, such as the newly proposed dogs on leads provisions at Worle Recreation Ground and Wrington’s Silver Street Recreation Ground.”