Solihull Council is consulting on its updated Environmental Crime Strategy and Action Plan for 2021-2026 and two proposed Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) relating to dog controls.
Residents are invited to submit their comments on the updated Environmental Crime Strategy and Action Plan, which sets out the Council’s approach to tackling environmental crime up to and including 2026.
The draft strategy sets out how the Council aims to prevent environmental crime through education and engagement with residents. It also details how the Council will use its enforcement powers in response to incidents of environmental crime in the borough, which includes fly-tipping and littering.
In addition, Solihull Council is now consulting on two proposed Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) relating to dog controls.
The first PSPO relates to dog fouling, creating an offence when a person fails to properly clean up after their dog. The second PSPO relates to the exclusion of dogs from children’s play areas and school land.
The Council is also seeking views on other areas of dog-related anti-social behaviour. These relate to the maximum number of dogs one person can walk at one time and the requirement to keep dogs on leads in specified areas or at the request of a council official.
Councillor Alison Rolf, Cabinet Member for Safer and Stronger Communities, said:
“Solihull is known for its clean and pleasant environment. I’m delighted that the Council is taking further steps to ensure that we can continue to enjoy both our green spaces and vibrant urban areas.
“Residents have already played a vital part in maintaining high levels of cleanliness across the borough. However, we are aware that a minority continue to disrespect our local environment by littering, fly-tipping or failing to clean up after their dogs in public areas.
“The Council is keen to build on its strong partnership with residents and continue the conversation about how we can work together so that everyone is able to enjoy our local environment.
“I encourage everyone who lives in, works in or visits Solihull to have their say and take part in the consultations.”
The consultation on the Council’s updated Environmental Crime Strategy and Action Plan for 2021-2026 will run for six weeks, closing on Sunday 23 January 2022.
The consultation on the two proposed Public Space Protection Orders relating to dog controls will run for five weeks, closing on Sunday 16 January 2022.
Information on the other consultations that are currently taking place across the Council can be found on the dedicated webpage: Consultations | solihull.gov.uk