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We're taking the lead on responsible dog ownership

We're taking the lead on responsible dog ownership

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28 March 2019

New powers to tackle irresponsible dog ownership

Following a recent public consultation, a new Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) has been introduced in Fareham to encourage responsible dog ownership.

This decision was agreed at an Executive meeting on Monday 4 March and will allow the Council to:

Executive Member for Health and Public Protection, Cllr Trevor Cartwright, said: “Feedback received from over a thousand Fareham residents and organisations showed that most respondents strongly agreed with the majority of our proposals. We hope the measures we are introducing as a result will help address the regular complaints that we receive about dog fouling and nuisance behaviour when dogs are not under proper control.”  

Respondents strongly objected to two of the planned proposals and the Council removed these from the PSPO as a result. They were to remove the extension to the dog exclusion zone on Hill Head beach and to ensure dogs should be kept on leads at Cliff Road Promenade. In addition to this the proposal to ensure that dog walkers have a means to pick up litter was removed due to concerns on how this would be enforced. 

The Council also created a more flexible and inclusive definition of those people exempt from the order to include a greater range of people who rely on assistance dogs. The PSPO does not apply to people who are:

The new order will come into force Monday 1 April and replaces a PSPO introduced in 2016 to tackle dog fouling and expires this month (March 2019).

Visit to find out more about responsible dog ownership in Fareham.


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