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Cabinet to consider plans to approve the introduction of requirements relating to dog control and smoking in public open spaces across the Northampton area

Country parks, parks and open spaces

12 September 2023

A man petting a dog in a field

Additional measures to encourage responsible dog ownership and ban smoking in specific public open spaces in the Northampton area, will be reviewed by West Northamptonshire Council (WNC).

On Tuesday, (19th September) WNC will review the Public Spaces Protection Order that is currently in place in Daventry and South Northants areas, with a view to it also covering Northampton area. If approved, the order will come into force on 3 October 2023 until October 2025.

Public open spaces should be enjoyed by everyone. By encouraging responsible dog ownership and limiting where people can smoke in certain open spaces such as play areas, we can create a cleaner, safer and more pleasant area for everyone to enjoy.

The PSPO gives the council the ability to ensure that the public can use and enjoy these public spaces and will help to make West Northamptonshire a better and safer place to live and work.
Cllr David Smith, WNC's Cabinet Member for community safety and engagement and regulatory services

The PSPO means dog owners could be fined £100 if they fail to:

  • pick up their dog’s mess and dispose of it properly
  • carry the means to pick up after their dog
  • prevent their dog from entering public places from which dogs are excluded, including children’s play areas, schools, skateparks, tennis courts, multi-use games areas (MUGAs) and bowling greens
  • keep their dog on a lead when in Northampton Town Centre, Upton Country Park Phase 2 (the land between Kislingbury and Upton), cemeteries, burial sites, graveyards, memorial gardens, allotments, car parks, sports grounds, fields and pitches - when in use for authorised sporting activity
  • put their dog on a lead when asked to do so by an authorised officer

The order also restricts a person from walking more than four dogs at any one time in a public open space and prohibits smoking in children’s play areas, land near schools, skateparks; tennis courts; multi-use games areas (MUGAs) and bowling greens.

There are a number of other PSPOs already covering various parts of West Northamptonshire. To find out more about the public space protection orders and view the draft order visit our PSPO page.

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