Public Spaces Protection Order Consultation: ownership of dogs and prohibition of smoking in certain places.

Closed 4 Apr 2022

Opened 21 Feb 2022

Feedback updated 24 Oct 2022

We asked

We asked for your views on how to promote responsible dog ownership and prohibit smoking within the Daventry and South Northamptonshire areas. During a 6 week consultation, which ran from 21st February to 4th April 2022, we asked for your views on 9 proposals.

You said

We received 1,275 responses to the consultation. 97% of responses were from individuals. The other 3% were from organisations, charities, parish and town councils or businesses. 

You said that you strongly supported all the proposals. A brief summary of the proposals and results are listed below: 

  • Proposal 1 - Failure to clean up after your dog. 74% responding to the proposal. 93% agreed that persons in control of a dog must dispose of its waste responsibly. 

  • Proposal 2 - Persons in control of a dog must not take it into or onto certain areas. 70% responded to this proposal, with 71% agreeing to it. 

  • Proposal 3 - Persons in control of a dog must ensure the dog is on a lead in specified areas. 67% of people responded to this proposal. 83% of these agreeing.  

  • Proposal 4 - Persons in charge of a dog must put the dog on a lead if asked to do so by an authorised officer. 66% responded of which 80% agreeing. 

  • Proposal 5 - Persons in control of a dog must put their dogs on leads near school entrances or exits during school days. 65% responded with 84% agreeing. 

  • Proposal 6 - Persons in charge of a dog must carry appropriate means for clearing up after their dog. 65% of people responded, of those that did respond, 95% agreed. 

  • Proposal 7 - Prohibition of smoking in specified areas. 64% of people responded to this proposal, of those that did, 78% agreed. 

  • Proposal 8 - Maximum fixed Penalty Charge shall be £100. This proposal received a 63% response rate with 70% agreeing. 

  • Proposal 9 - Persons in charge of multiple dogs shall not be allowed to walk any more than four at any one time. 63% of those that took part in this consultation responded to this proposal of which 57% agreed. 

We did

All feedback was scrutinised, noted, and used to help draft the new public spaces protection order, which was considered by Cabinet (11th October 2022) who then approved the introduction of the new Public Spaces Protection Order and resolved to make the Order.

The Order will be bought into force on 1st November 2022 and will be in operation for 3 years until the 1st November 2025.

The duly made order can be viewed through the Council's PSPO pages, the consultation analysis report is available as part of the reports presented to Cabinet and are available to view at West Northamptonshire Council -


West Northamptonshire Council (WNC) is considering whether to make a new Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) to promote responsible dog ownership and prohibit smoking in certain public spaces across the former administrative council areas of Daventry District and South Northants.

A PSPO allows councils to impose restrictions on the use of specific areas. A PSPO can deal with persistent and unreasonable nuisances and anti-social behaviour that has a detrimental effect on the quality of life for the local community in a particular area. They intend to help ensure that the public can use and enjoy public spaces and can help to make West Northamptonshire a better and safer place to live.

The feedback that you provide will be used to inform any potential restrictions that could be contained in the new PSPO.

A PSPO, for dog related matters, does operate in the former administration council area of Northampton Borough which expires on 18th September 2023.

What's the problem?

In 2021, the WNC  received more than 230 complaints about dog fouling and dog control issues and, whilst the majority of dog owners are caring, responsible individuals, there are still some who are irresponsible.

Effective implementation and enforcement of dog control prohibitions and requirements via PSPOs have historically reduced dog related issues.

Dog mess is the most unacceptable and offensive type of litter on our streets. Whilst WNC receives many dog fouling complaints each year, it believes that the true number of incidents is far greater than the number reported.

Dog fouling is not only deeply unpleasant but also dangerous. Whilst rare, contact with dog excrement can cause toxocariasis, a nasty infection that can lead to dizziness, nausea, asthma and even blindness and seizures.

WNC is keen to take measures to combat these problems and is proposing to use powers contained in the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 Act ("the Act") to give its enforcement officers powers to deal with dog owners who fail to properly control their dogs in public open spaces across the former Daventry and South Northants District areas.

The consultation process

Legally, we must have evidence to show the need for the Order. The activities controlled by the PSPO need to have had, or be likely to have, an unreasonable and detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality and are, or are likely to be, persistent and continuing in nature.

The feedback we receive during this consultation can form part of the evidence we need to draft and implement a new PSPO for the former Daventry and South Northants district areas.

Any PSPO made following this public consultation exercise will be reviewed in 2023.

The former Northampton Borough Council, dog related, PSPO expires on 18th September 2023 and a PSPO covering the entire WNC area is likely to be considered.

How to share your views

We are keen to hear from the local community. We are inviting you to read the background to the consultation and complete an online consultation questionnaire.

If you have any queries, comments or would like a copy of this questionnaire in another format (including paper, easy read or large print) you can contact us by email or telephone. Our contact details are as follows:

Email address:

Telephone: 01327 302260 

The consultation will close at midnight on Monday 4 April 2022.

Your opinion is very important to us, so if you would like to have your say, please follow the link below to the online survey. 


  • Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs)
  • Environmental health