AN order cracking down on dog fouling and banning canines from fenced off children’s play areas has been extended.

The existing Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) was introduced in 2021 for a period of three years to help tackle the problem of dog fouling across the Dudley borough.

It has now been renewed for a further three years up to March 2027 after a consultation invited people to have their say.

The PSPO forms the primary dog control legislation in the borough and addresses dog fouling, including a ban on dogs in children’s fenced off play areas.

Councillor Damian Corfield, cabinet member for highways and environmental services at Dudley Council, said: “I welcome the renewal of this order for another three years following a public consultation.

“Dog fouling of public spaces is absolutely unacceptable, especially when it puts the health of others, especially children at risk.

“Exposure to dog faeces, directly or indirectly, can leave people vulnerable to diseases like toxocariasis. Dog faeces can also carry E.coli and hepatitis.

“This PSPO gives us enforcement powers to crack down on irresponsible owners who allow their dogs to foul our pavements, green spaces and play areas.”

PSPOs are intended to address activities carried out in public spaces which have a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality.

A fixed penalty notice can be issued if an authorised officer sees a dog owner allowing their pet to foul and not clearing away afterwards.

The current fixed penalty notice under the PSPO stands at £100, although failure to pay can incur costs of up to £2,500.

Over the last year officers have issued 17 fixed penalty notices for dog fouling across the borough.

To report incidents of dog fouling contact Dudley Council Plus on 0300 555 2345 or via Twitter @DCPlus.