In 2018 the Council used its powers under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 to introduce a Public Space Protection Order relating to dog fouling and other dog-control related matters. The PSPO expires in January 2021, and the Council is considering renewing it in the same terms.
Specifically, the PSPO requires that
- Dog owners have to pick up their dog’s faeces when on land the public has access to.
- Dogs have to be kept on leads when in
- Pleasington Cemetery
- Blackburn Cemetery
- Darwen Cemetery
- Darwen Eastern Cemetery
- And dogs are not allowed at all in specified children’s play areas.
Breaching the PSPO is punishable by prosecution and a fine of up to £1000, or a £100 fixed penalty.
It is a defence for a person to show that they had reasonable excuse not to comply, or had permission of the landowner.
The order does not apply to a person who is registered blind, is deaf with a hearing dog, or is disabled and relies on a dog trained by Dogs for the Disabled, Support Dogs Ltd or Canine Partners for Independence.
A copy of the current PSPO is available below.
The Council would be interested to receive your comments on the proposal to renew the PSPO. Please email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or write to
The Service Lead, Public Protection and Environmental Health, Davyfield Depot, Roman Road Industrial Estate, Blackburn , BB1 2LX
This consultation closed on 4th January 2021.