Bristol town council has begun the process of imposing a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) to ban dogs from one of its principal green spaces.
By, 28 May 2019
Consultations have begun to bring into force a PSPO banning dogs from South Street Park. This is in response to numerous complaints from visitors to the park about excessive amounts of dog mess.
If the council succeeds in the course of its action the park in the Bedminster area of the town will be deemed dog free.
The park is shared between the Bristolian populace and nearby Compass Point primary school which uses the space as a playing field. The school, which has been there for over 100 years, has exclusive access to the park during school time.
School forced to apply for PSPO
Headteacher of the school Linda Brown has written to local residents to inform them that the school has applied to the council for the PSPO.
Mrs Brown told the Bristol Post that her decision and that of the school’s Parent, Teachers and Friends Association came about as a result of the ‘increasing problems’ posed to teachers and pupils of dog mess.
‘If this is accepted, Bristol City Council will be able to enforce this restriction by means of fixed penalties,’ Mrs Brown said, ‘which will enable the school to use the field without threat to the health and safety of the children.’
PSPOs are orders which can be imposed on specific areas of a town or city. They are used to ban or control various anti-social problems.
The cause of the school’s call for a PSPO is valid, especially when the park already contains a small ‘Bark Park’ area to be used exclusively by dogs. Some dog owners consider clearing up their dog’s mess unseemly, but not doing so can lead to fines or, as we see here, changes of social access.
Local residents have been invited to get involved with the consultations which will last for 28 days from May 24.