The Vale of Glamorgan Council has issued a new notice on its proposals for dealing with dog-dirt in public spaces and has cancelled a public consultation it was to carry out on the issue later this month.
The council had said it was going to consult the public on a proposal to impose a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) which would mean £100 on-the-spot fines being imposed on dog walkers who don’t obey the proposed new regulations.
However – today all that has changed .
The Vale Council now says “ We initially wrote to stakeholders on the draft proposals and Notice to capture their feedback prior to launching a public consultation. Unfortunately, our intentions have been miss-interpreted [sic] and the information has been shared in the public domain prior to being finalised.”
The council – now apparently back-pedalling on its proposals – says the original release to “stakeholders” had “noted all of the areas where there are currently byelaws restricting dogs from certain behaviors ” [sic] .
The council goes on to says “It appears that we were proposing to ban dogs from certain parks all together. This was never the intention. We as a Council feel that the Vale of Glamorgan is a very dog friendly County and we have numerous parks and open spaces for dogs and dog walkers to enjoy. The main issue that we are seeking to tackle with the PSPO is to modernise the raft of legislative arrangements we currently have in place to provide better controls on the minority of dog owners who do not remove their dog faeces from public places.”
The Vale of Glamorgan Council has now decided “not to launch the public consultation on 20 June as originally planned and communicated” . That’s because the council needs to “take the time to reconsider the wording of the notice.”
The consultation about the use of PSPOs to tackle dog fouling has been removed from the Vale’s website “ so as not to cause further confusion”.