We have now implemented a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) under the Antisocial Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014. The PSPO will require those in charge of dogs to remove dog faeces in areas open to the public.
This new order will replace The Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 and will apply to the whole of the Broadland District for a period of 3 years, after which it will be reviewed. It will also increase the fixed penalty fine to £100 from the current £50 which has not been changed for many years. The maximum penalty will remain £1,000.
The new changes mean that the law will apply to all land that the public has access to with or without payment. Importantly this will now cover footpaths through woodland and marshland near to rivers and broads. The new PSPO includes the following currently exempt land:
- roads above 40mph speed restriction
- common land