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Public Spaces Protection Order

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Public Spaces Protection Orders

Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) specify areas where activities take place which are or may likely be detrimental to the local community's quality of life. The orders impose restrictions on how people may use specified areas.

The current PSPO came into effect on 28 July 2018 and was varied on the 24 June 2019.  This covers issues such as dog fouling, keeping dogs on leads and excluding dogs from specified areas.

In summary the order:  

  • Excludes dogs from:
    • enclosed children's play areas 
    • specific beaches at certain times of year
    • specific sporting or recreational facilities
  • Requires dogs to be kept on leads:
    • within specific churchyards and cemeteries
    • specific seafront promenades and seafront gardens
    • specific memorial sites and nature reserves
  • Requires dog owners to remove dog faeces forthwith
    • This applies to any land to which is open to air and to which the public have access
  • Requires dog owners to put their dog on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer
    • This will apply to any public land where a dog is considered to be out of control or causing alarm and distress

The PSPO will be in place for a period of three years from the commencement date.

Maps showing current PSPO areas

Breach of PSPO 

Breach of the PSPO may result in the issue of a fixed penalty notice of £75. Payment of this penalty discharges the liability to prosecution.

Prosecution may lead to a fine of up to £1,000.

The PSPO is enforceable by police officers, police community safety officers (PCSOs) and any officer designated by Dover District Council.



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