To consider the introduction of a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) on Parish and Town Council-owned land and an amendment to an existing PSPO on South Lakeland District Council-owned land to impose restrictions on the use of an area and/or those people using that area, focussing on the control of dogs.
The Customer and Commercial Services and People Portfolio Holder presented a report seeking the introduction of a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) on Parish and Town Council owned land and an amendment to an existing PSPO on South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) owned land to impose restrictions on the use of an area and/or those people using that area. The PSPOs would focus on the control of dogs. A consultation process had established that there was support to introduce a PSPO for dog control.
The Health, Wellbeing and Financial Resilience Portfolio Holder thanked Arnside, Duddon and Staveley-with-Ings parish councils for their engagement.
RESOLVED – That the following be approved:-
(1) the introduction of a PSPO in defined areas on Town and Parish Council owned land for the following restrictions:-
· dogs on leads restriction at Arnside Cemetery;
· dog exclusion restriction at Arnside Playing Field;
· dogs on leads restriction at Wilson Park, Broughton-in-Furness; and
· dog exclusion restriction at Staveley Playground; and
(2) the amendment to the existing PSPO on the following SLDC owned land following community led improvements and the development of the Kendal Fell Management Plan:-
· dogs exclusion restriction location changed and enlarged at Lightburn Park and Rayrigg Meadow playgrounds as Appendix 4b and 4c;
· dog exclusion restriction removed at Hayclose Road and Dogs on Lead restriction for a larger area introduced as Appendix 4a; and
· fouling of land by dogs restriction, dogs on lead by direction restriction, maximum number of dogs walked (five) by an individual restriction, requiring means to pick up after a dog restriction to Kendal Fell including public accessible land owned by Kendal Golf Club as Appendix 3.
Reasons for Decision
The introduction of a PSPO links directly to the Well Being and Environment elements of the Council Plan and delivers under Work across boundaries, Creating balanced communities, Sustainable environment.
Alternative Options Considered and Rejected
The alternative option would be to not introduce a new PSPO or amend the existing PSPO, however, the consultation responses have established that these restrictions are wanted and required. Therefore, not to introduce a new PSPO or amend the existing PSPO in place is not a recommended option.