Have your say on the proposed plan to protect sheep at Upton Country Park

Published: Friday, 18 December 2020

Members of the public are invited to share their views on the proposal to introduce a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) that will prohibit dogs being off leads in the new section of the Upton Country Park.

A public consultation started today (Friday, 18 December) is asking residents to have their say on whether dog owners should keep their dogs on a lead when visiting the Phase 2 Area of Upton Country Park to protect the sheep grazing in the park. 

 This is following several serious several incidents of dogs off leads attacking sheep since the new section of the park was opened earlier this year.  

Clear signage is in place across the park stipulating that dogs should remain on leads at all times, and a change to the PSPO would mean breaches of this guidance are subject to a £100 fixed-penalty notice.

Cllr Mike Hallam, Cabinet Member for environment, said: “It is vital that dog walkers are responsible and keep their pets on a lead, changes to this PSPO will be enforceable and protect the sheep in the park.

“The questionnaire only takes a few minutes to complete and I encourage as many people as possible to take part and have their say. Together we can make a difference and drive changes in our local communities.”

Residents can consult this map to view the area that will be covered by this PSPO. 

PSPOs provide councils with flexible powers to address a range of anti-social behaviour issues in public places to help prevent future issues. Restrictions can be placed on an area where activities have a detrimental effect on the quality of life of local people.

Anyone wanting to share their views on the proposed PSPO can take part in our online questionnaire at  www.northampton.gov.uk/uptonparkpspo

The consultation will remain open until 29 January 2020.