Consultation on the rules about walking dogs or drinking alcohol in public places

Overview of public space protection orders consultation

Please note: This consultation was previously released, but following comments from some people taking part, we amended the part of the consultation questionnaire relating to dog control orders and re-launched the consultation. Unfortunately, the changes mean that the 200 residents who have previously submitted their responses to this section will need to do so again.

Consultation closes: Monday, 23 December 2019

Along with the police, we can have specific powers to help tackle anti-social behaviour. These powers are provided through a public space protection order (PSPO). It can prohibit certain things (e.g. not taking dogs into kids’ play areas, not drinking alcohol in certain public areas) or require specific things to be done (e.g. bagging up and disposing of dog waste).

A PSPO can deal with persistent and unreasonable nuisances and anti-social behaviour that has a detrimental effect on the quality of life for the local community in a particular area. A PSPO can help to make Central Bedfordshire a better and safer place to live.

We already have orders in place to help with this, but we are reviewing these, and we want your views before we decide what changes to make.

Legally, we must have evidence to show the need for the order. So, we have been talking to our town and parish councils to find out whether they feel that the existing orders are working, and whether they feel there are other locations which could also benefit from an order.

PSPOs are usually welcomed by the community, as they are a way of stopping persistent problem behaviour. So, this consultation is also an opportunity for the public to tell us about any locations that they feel should also be added to the PSPO. The feedback we receive during this consultation can form part of the evidence we need to implement an order and keep Central Bedfordshire a great place to live and work.

View consultation document.

Download the Executive agenda from 20 August 2019 to read about the rationale for this consultation.