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Dogs banned from children’s play areas and skate parks in Nottinghamshire borough

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Dog exclusion zones have come into force across an entire Nottinghamshire borough including in children’s play areas and skate parks. Dog walkers who do not carry waste bags while walking their pet also face being fined under new rules.

Rushcliffe Borough Council approved a borough-wide Dog Control Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) which is now in place following a meeting on July 7. This order means dogs are banned from certain areas and owners face heftier fines for fouling.

While some residents told Nottinghamshire Live the £100 fine for failing to carry waste bags is “unnecessary“, consultations took place last year involving town and parish councils and residents and these received more than 700 responses that overwhelmingly supported the additional PSPO rules, according to the council. It replaces the previous dog fouling order and now covers all public land in the borough to which the public have access to, with an exemption area created in Tollerton.

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Dog exclusion zones now apply to all children’s play areas, multi-use games areas, skate parks and gym equipment zones which are either fenced or enclosed across the borough. One such area includes the popular Radcliffe-on-Trent skate park which is typically used by dog walkers.

The council says engagement and action will take place ensuring dogs are kept on a lead in the current ‘dogs on lead’ specified areas within Rushcliffe Country Park and signs emphasise this. Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Environment and Safety, councillor Rob Inglis, said: “We’re aware the vast majority of dog owners take their responsibilities seriously and these new powers are there to tackle the minority who flout the rules including those who routinely don’t carry bags to clear up.

“We are keen to protect residents from any of the issues dog fouling raises and the overwhelming support from stakeholders to last year’s consultations shows we have a strong mandate to educate further and take action.

“The emphasis will be on engaging and educating dog owners and only applying fines where necessary. Our message to all dog owners is to always carry bags to ensure you’re ready to do the right thing and always pick up after your pet.”

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