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Have powers to tackle dog fouling in Worcester worked?

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Worcester City Council wants your views on whether tougher powers to tackle dog fouling, which were introduced two years ago, have made a difference.

A Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) was introduced for Worcester in July 2018 and expires in July 2021. Its main purpose was to: 

  • reduce the amount of dog mess on the street,
  • reduce the number of dogs walked by one person
  • exclude dogs from Astwood and St John's cemeteries.
Breaching the Order carries a maximum penalty fine of £70.

"We know that clean streets are one of the top priorities for residents and visitors to Worcester," says Councillor Lynn Denham, Vice Chair of the City Council's Communities Committee.

"We introduced tougher powers a couple of years ago to target the minority of dog owners who still view clearing up after their dog as optional. We now want to know if residents feel this has made a difference – and if there are any other anti-social issues connected to dogs that we need to address going forward. Please complete the survey at www.worcester.gov.uk/voiceit."

The results of the consultation will help councillors to determine whether to renew, withdraw or amend the existing PSPO.

You can give your views by completing a short online survey at www.worcester.gov.uk/voiceit. The survey will close on 24 January 2021.

You can report dog fouling via the popular PooWatch web app; over 460 reports were received in 2020. 

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