Owners face fines up to £1,000 for letting ‘intimidating’ dogs off leads in Nottingham parks

Dog walkers in Nottingham will have to keep their pets on leads in most parks and recreation grounds or face fines. It comes after the city council said “irresponsible dog owners” had been “allowing their dogs to intimidate citizens”.

Back in 2016 the Labour-run authority put in place Public Space Protection Orders across Nottingham and they are due to expire. Following consultation it is seeking extend these for another three years.

Areas where dog walkers will have to keep their pets on a lead include the Forest Recreation Ground, The Arboretum, Broxtowe Country Park, Vernon Park in Old Basford and the Victoria Embankment. A full list can be found online.

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The penalty for committing an offence under a PSPO is a fine up to £1,000, although the opportunity to pay a fixed penalty notice (FPN) may be offered instead, the council says. People walking in The Forest Recreation Ground have shared their thoughts.

Nathan Lamb, 22, who doesn’t own a dog, said: “Most dogs tend to be not very threatening but I can understand how one bad experience with a dog can scare people.”

Similarly Adele Smith, 40, who also doesn’t own a dog, says: “My kids can be quite scared of dogs, especially the bigger ones. It will definitely make it easier for me to get the kids out of the house and bring them to the park.”

However Will Thompson, 23, who owns a dog, added: “It’s a shame because my dog loves playing fetch, especially when there’s such a big green area like there is here. I think the council should trust owners to be responsible for their dogs and not let them intimidate people.”

The city council says: “There have been in the past significant problems caused by dog-related anti-social behaviour, nuisance and disorder across the city. Evidence at the time showed that these issues impacted greatly on the quality of the life for the residents, visitors and businesses alike.

“On 17 May 2016, the council’s executive board approved the making of four PSPOs in respect of dogs across its administrative area in order to address and control various problems associated with dogs in relation to nuisance and annoyance to the public across Nottingham.

“These problems were often caused by irresponsible dog owners allowing their dogs to intimidate citizens in Nottingham. The dogs also posed a danger to citizens and traffic control and damage to play equipment, street furniture and the wildlife and trees

“Following the formal public consultation, as approved by the Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods, Safety and Inclusion, it is proposed that the Dog Control PSPOs are extended for a further three years, to expire on 23 September 2025.” It will be discussed by executive councillors on Tuesday, July 19.

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