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Decision details

Dog Control Public Space Protection Orders

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommmend Forward to Council

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


Proposals to introduce new PSPOs in relation to the control of dogs within Merton borough


RESOLVED that it be recommended to Council:


1.         That the making of the following new dog control Public Spaces Protection Order for Merton's public spaces be approved:

i)     The prohibition of dog fouling by ensuring that dog owners and walkers clear up after their dogs.

ii)    The establishment of dog exclusion areas, predominantly children’s playgrounds and enclosed play and sports facilities, such as tennis courts, multi-use games areas and bowling greens.

iii)   Dogs to be put on a lead in public places when directed to do so by an authorised officer of the council, a police officer or a community support officer. (This proposal would apply within Morden Hall Park and on Mitcham Common, but not Wimbledon Common which has its own byelaws).

iv)   The maximum number of dogs that can be walked by one person in all public open spaces (including Morden Hall Park and Mitcham Common, but excluding Wimbledon Common) at any one time is four.

2.         That the amount of the fixed penalty payable under a Fixed Penalty Notice issued in respect of breaches of the Order be £80, payable within 14 days and with no discount for early payment be agreed.

3.         That the Director of Environment & Regeneration be delegated authority in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Community & Culture to finalise and make the Public Space Protection Order, to come into force on 5 March 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.


Report author: Doug Napier

Publication date: 17/01/2018

Date of decision: 15/01/2018

Decided at meeting: 15/01/2018 - Cabinet

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