Decision details

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The Director, Public Health, Protection and Community Services informed the Cabinet of the outcomes of the public consultation exercise and sought authority to extend the two Public Spaces Protection Orders relating to dog controls in Rhondda Cynon Taf (the Dog Control PSPO’s).


Prior to introducing the report, the Director wished to place on record his thanks to the Director, Legal Services and the Corporate Policy and Consultation Manager for their work in relation to the PSPO’s in the previous months.


The Director explained that despite the introduction of the Dog Control PSPO’s in October 2017, there remained a minority of dog owners who did not clean up after their dogs or keep them under control. As such, the Director considered it vital that the orders, which would ordinarily expire on 30th September 2020, be renewed for a further 3 year period in order to maintain the significant benefits the orders have had in relation to dog fouling and ensure appropriate powers remain in place to deal with the minority who continue to flout the laws.


The Director referred to the Appendix, which detailed the outcomes of the four week public consultation exercise and was pleased to inform Members of the overwhelming support for the Council’s approach to tackling dog fouling, the continuance of the PSPO’s for a further three year period and the retention of the maximum fine. The Director explained that many respondents felt that dog fouling remained a problem in RCT but acknowledged that there had been improvements following the introduction of the PSPO’s.


The Director noted that Llanharry and Pontyclun Community Councils had requested that the PSPO be extended to sites within their responsibilities and that Members may wish to vary the PSPO to reflect their requests. The Director spoke of the marketing and awareness campaign, which was undertaken when the PSPO’s were introduced in 2017 and asked Members to consider undertaking a similar exercise.


The Service Director, Democratic Services and Communication provided Members with the comments of the Public Service Delivery, Communities and Prosperity Scrutiny Committee, which had the opportunity to pre-scrutinise the proposals at its meeting on 23rd September 2020. The Service Director informed the Cabinet that the Scrutiny Members were in favour of the continuation of the PSPO’s and recognised the positive impact they had made.


The Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, Well-being & Cultural Services spoke positive of the continuation of the PSPO’s, commenting that the targeted intervention had been a success in recent years to deal with dog fouling and improving the cleanliness of the streets.


The Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure & Heritage Services thanked the officer for the report and Scrutiny for their observations and comments. The Cabinet Member acknowledged that the consultation was managed differently but was pleased with the level of engagement. The Cabinet Member welcomed the extension for a further a three year period and was pleased to note that over 90% of residents were supportive of the proposals.


The Deputy Leader spoke positive of the consultation process, commenting that the results demonstrated the community’s support to tackling dog fouling. The Deputy Leader also took the opportunity to thank the Scrutiny Committee for the invaluable feedback. In line with the comments made by the Director, the Deputy Leader moved that the PSPO is amended to include the requests of Llanharry and Pontyclun Community Councils and that a marketing and awareness campaign is undertaken.

The Cabinet RESOLVED:

1.    To note the overwhelming public support for the extension of the Dog Control PSPO’s relating to Dog Controls within Rhondda Cynon Taf for a further 3 year period from 1st October 2020;

2.    To consider the responses to the public consultation, as detailed in Appendix 1, and determines whether any amendments are required to the existing prohibitions and requirements in relation to the PSPO’s as detailed in Appendix 2 to the report;

3.    To extend the Dog Control PSPOs as detailed in Appendix 2A and 2B to the report, with the addition of an amendment to the extended Dog Control PSPO covering Rhondda Cynon Taf, to include the addition of the two Community Council sites identified by Pontyclun and Llanharry Community Councils in their consultation responses;

4.    To give delegated authority to the Director of  Public Health, Protection and Community Services, in consultation with the Group Director, Prosperity, Development and Frontline Services, to produce the final PSPOs relating to Dog Controls and ensure their publication on the Council’s website; and

5.    That the Council undertakes an awareness and marketing campaign in relation to the extension of the Dog Control PSPO’s.

Publication date: 24/09/2020

Date of decision: 24/09/2020

Decided at meeting: 24/09/2020 - Cabinet

Effective from: 01/10/2020

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