A Dog Control Public Space Protection Order, to control dog behaviours such as dog fouling and restrict the number of dogs that can be walked by one person at any one time, will be enforced from October 2018.
Last year Richmond Council approved a new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) to address anti-social activities in public spaces, including flying of drones, using BBQs, starting fires and causing damage to council property.
A second PSPO set out a limit on the number of dogs to a maximum of 4 dogs that can be walked by one person at any one time.
Since October 2017, the Council has granted a ‘grace period’ where no enforcement of the order has taken place. This period is now coming to an end and from 1 October 2018, Council Officers will commence enforcement.
The Council has also agreed to issue a total of 18 licences for professional dog walkers so that they can walk up to 6 dogs on one of 6 sites across the borough. Each site has a total of 3 licences and these include:
- Ham Lands
- Palewell Park
- East Sheen Common
- Crane Park
- Barnes Common
- Hampton Common
Borough residents who own more than 4 dogs will also be able to apply for a permit which allows them to walk up to 6 dogs at any one time via the council.