Surrey Heath introduces Public Space Protection Order

Surrey Heath Borough Council has announced the introduction of Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO) – See HERE for Maps of the spaces covered.

Following public consultation, Surrey Heath Borough Council has implemented a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO), which will allow additional powers to address anti-social activities in the Borough’s parks and public spaces.

The PSPO came into force on 14 October 2017, and will help address a range of low level anti-social behaviour which is having a detrimental effect on the quality of life of local people.

As a result of changes in national legislation, the Council held a consultation on proposals for new Public Spaces Protection Orders in late 2016, and again earlier this year.

The consultation looked at actions and behaviours such as begging in Camberley, the taking of psychoactive substances (formerly legal highs) and their impact upon health and behaviour, anti-social behaviour that can be caused through public drinking, and measures to encourage responsible dog ownership which include exclusions from children’s play areas and clearing up dog waste.

Councillor Vivienne Chapman, Portfolio Holder for Community said: “Surrey Heath is already a safe and environmentally friendly Borough, and we want to make it even safer.

“The introduction of Public Space Protection Orders is about improving the quality of life for people who live, work and visit Surrey Heath.

“It enables the Council and Police to discourage anti-social behaviour, and where necessary take appropriate action against people who continue to behave in an anti-social way.”

For more information on the PSPO, including maps of where it applies, visit www.surreyheath.gov.uk/pspo

Network of free dog waste bag dispensers to be installed across Surrey Heath

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce,

Free dog waste bag units are to be installed across the borough following a successful trial by Surrey Heath Borough Council.

Six of the innovative TiksPac stations offering free biodegradable dog waste bags were installed at parks, footpaths and recreation grounds across Surrey Heath at the end of last year.

Following positive feedback from the public, reduced complaints about dog waste in these areas, and significant usage of the free bags by dog walkers, dispensers will soon be set up at more than 30 locations throughout the borough.

The original six stations were installed at Frimley Lodge Park; Lightwater Country Park; School Lane, Bagshot; The Briars Centre, Lightwater; Southcote Park and Watchetts Park, Camberley; and Frimley Recreation Ground. It is part of a concerted effort by the Council to reduce dog fouling across the borough, building on the glow in the dark ‘We’re Watching You’ posters launched last winter.

Sponsorship opportunities for the new dispensers are available to local businesses, with the chance to support this community and environmentally-friendly initiative whilst also displaying their logo on every TiksPac unit across the borough. Any interested companies should contact Pam at TiksPac UK on 01925 593982, or email Stephen.forward@tikspac.co.uk.

Surrey Heath Council trial innovative free dog waste bags

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce in a press release on 12th December, [my photo of Tikspac site at Briars Centre, Lightwater].

Surrey Heath Borough Council has introduced trial TiksPac stations offering free dog waste bags across the borough.

Lightwater_briars-centre-tikspacThe environmentally-friendly concept, which has been a success in Scandinavia, consists of units dispensing free biodegradable dog waste bags. They are located at footpaths, parks, recreation grounds and other public areas.

The six stations have been installed at Frimley Lodge Park; Lightwater Country Park; School Lane, Bagshot; The Briars Centre, Lightwater; Southcote Park and Watchetts Park, Camberley; and Frimley Recreation Ground.

It is hoped that if the trial is successful, the concept will be rolled out across the borough in the new year.

frimley-lodge-parkIt is part of a concerted effort by the Council to reduce dog fouling across the borough, running alongside the glow in the dark ‘We’re Watching You’ posters launched last month, and in parallel with the ongoing Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO) consultation which deals with issues including irresponsible dog owners (www.surreyheath.gov.uk/pspo)

Council asks for views on Public Spaces Protection Orders – controlling your dog in public

Surrey Heath Borough Council announced it is consulting the public on proposals to introduce Public Spaces Protection Orders,

Surrey Heath residents are being asked to have their say on proposals to help address anti-social behaviour in public places around the borough. Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) were created by the 2014 Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act, to regulate activities in public that have a detrimental effect on the local community.

psposThe council is considering introducing a PSPO to help address nuisances or problems in local public places. A PSPO would assist in taking steps to improve issues such as alcohol and substance misuse, begging and irresponsible dog ownership.

There’s a range of ways to express your views before the consultation closes on 17 January 2017. More information, including an online questionnaire, map and a list of the proposed areas for restrictions, is available at: www.surreyheath.gov.uk/PSPO

If you wish to receive a paper copy of the questionnaire to complete, please call the council to request this on 01276 707100 or email pspoconsultation@surreyheath.gov.uk

Or you can come along to one of our drop-in events below:

  • Neighbourhood Watch Forum, Pine Ridge Golf Club, Monday 21 November, 7-9pm
  • The Mall, Camberley – Saturday 26 November, 12-2pm
  • Lightwater Country Park Café – Saturday 7 January, 11am-1.30pm
  • Frimley Lodge Café, Frimley Lodge Park – Saturday 14 January, 11am-1.30pm

The survey responses will be analysed and be used to inform the council’s decision about how the proposed Public Spaces Protection Order is progressed. All answers will be kept confidential.

Surrey Heath Community Portfolio Holder Cllr Vivienne Chapman said: “This PSPO Consultation is a great opportunity for members of the public to have their say on important issues and I would encourage people to take part, whether online, by post, or in person at one of the drop in events.”

The council’s Executive will make the final decision about the Public Space Protection Order on a date to be confirmed, with the details of the meeting and subsequent decisions to be published on www.surreyheath.gov.uk

Dog fouling remains a sticky issue

Clean it upAt Surrey Heath’s Community Services Scrutiny Committee meeting last week, members were given an update to the Borough’s dog fouling campaign, which runs from July to December 2012.

The issue of dog fouling was raised by Cllr Paul Deach at a scrutiny meeting earlier this year. It was his passionate arguing that action was needed, which began the council’s campaign, entitled ‘There is no such thing as the Dog Poo Fairy’. I’d have preferred something more crisp, like ‘Scoop the poop’. But, hey, anything that reduces irresponsible dog fouling is a good thing.

Cllr Deach interviewed the Council’s portfolio holder – Cllr Vivienne Chapman – about the campaign, for the Residents Network HERE.

I’m a regular walker on the heathland near Lightwater, such as Turf Hill, Brentmoor Heath, and the paths around the Bisley & Pirbright ranges. These walks are often spoiled by selfish dog owners who’ve not scooped their dog’s poop. Worst of all is the dog mess which has been collected into a plastic bag, and then thrown carelessly into the pathside trees, to be left hanging there.

Dog fouling is a key topic for Keep Britain Tidy, with whom Surrey Heath partnered for their local campaign. The statistics around dog fouling can be surprising. The Metropolitan Borough of Tameside in Greater Manchester say they collect around 12 tons of dog excrement a day.

We don’t have the number of dogs as does Tameside, whose population is 214,000. At around a third their size, that suggests we have around 4 tons of dog excrement a day. Quite a number. I’ll ask our Council what volume they collect daily.

There are many responsible dog owners in our borough. There are many who are not. Were I a dog owner, which I’m not, I’d carry a pooper scooper with me while walking the dog. In fact I’d get myself a super-duper pooper scooper. How interesting that some councils [although doesn’t say which] require dog owners to carry a pooper scooper when walking a dog in a public space. Other councils have invested in super-dooper machines to collect dog mess.

As with all issues, education is big part of any solution. It is here too.