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Petition for amendment of Sefton Council Proposing PSPO

We the undersigned petition the council to This petition is to propose an amendment to the 3rd restriction on the PSPO: - ‘Prohibit dogs from entering marked or fenced sports pitches during specified periods (Football or Rugby pitches from 01 September to 31st May inclusive and Cricket pitches from 01 April to 30th September inclusive)’ To be amendment to amend to the below 2 restrictions +‘Prohibit dogs from entering fenced sports pitches during specified periods (Football or Rugby pitches from 01 September to 31st May inclusive and Cricket pitches from 01 April to 30th September)’ + ‘Prohibit dogs from entering marked sports pitches during specified periods (Football or Rugby pitches between the hours of 7am-2pm Saturday and Sunday 01 September to 31st May and Cricket pitches between the hours of 7am-2pm Saturday and Sunday from 01 April to 30th September AND when pitches are in use)’

The reason for the proposed amendment is that by restricting dog walkers from marked pitches inclusively during a certain period, due to the size of these areas in a high majority of parks, this excludes dog walkers from having the ability to let dogs off lead at all; these proposed areas show a high lack of understand of dogs from the council. The proposed alternative off lead areas are also not always suitable for off lead exercise; this therefore greatly impacts the quality of life for a high number of residents with dogs.
We are fully understanding in the impact of not picking up dog foul in these areas has a negative impact on other residents and fully support of measure of those not picking up dog foul; however over the last 3 years of these PSPOs being in place, only 65 fines across the whole of Sefton have been issued and paid. This is the key measure to improve responsible dog ownership and therefore should be one of the highest priorities alongside keeping dogs under control.
It has been proposed by the Dog’s Trust, Kennel Club and other dog charity that restricting dogs from un-fenced areas is difficult and should be done sparingly, however there are a high number of parks in Sefton which are home to unfenced sports pitches. These pitches are placed without consultation with the residents and other park users without prior notification and therefore are not placed in consideration to the impact on local residents and park users.

This ePetition ran from 15/04/2021 to 18/04/2021 and has now finished.

184 people signed this ePetition.