Public Spaces Protection Order – Control of Dogs Consultation 2020 - Outcome

Plymouth City Council recently carried out a consultation to seek your views about what dog control measures should be in Plymouth.

Who responded to us?

  • 1454 responses were received
  • 81.3% of responses were from dog owners/walkers
  • 80.7% of responders said they walked dogs in Plymouth

What did you tell us?

Firstly, we asked you what you thought about the existing dog control measures:


Do you agree that dog owners/walkers should pick up their dog’s poo?

  • Yes - 99.8%
  • No - 0.2%

Do you agree that dogs should be excluded from the existing exclusion areas?

  • Yes - 86.9%

  • No - 13.1%


Do you agree that dogs should be excluded from Efford and Weston Mill Cemeteries?

  • Yes - 63.5%
  • No - 36.5%

Do you agree that dogs should be on a lead within the existing controlled parks?

  • Yes - 69.8%
  • No - 30.2%

Then we asked you what you thought of some proposed new or amended dog control measures:


Do you agree that dog owners/walkers should carry something to pick up their dog’s poo, e.g. poo bags?

  • Yes - 95.1%
  • No - 4.9%

Do you agreed that dogs should be kept on a lead in Area A in Central Park? (Fields outside Life Centre and carparks)

  • Yes - 55.3%
  • No - 44.7%

Do you agree that dogs should be kept on a lead in Area B in Central Park? (Golf course and sports fields heading towards Pennycomequick)

  • Yes - 23.8%
  • No - 76.2%

Do you think the current restriction of dogs on leads should be in place all year round on all sports facilities?

  • Yes - 41.7%
  • No - 58.3%

Do you think dogs should be on a lead or excluded from sports facilities?

  • On a lead - 47.5%
  • Excluded - 20.2%
  • Neither - 32.3%

Do you think that dogs should be kept on a lead on the new crematorium site at Haye Road, Plymouth?

  • Yes - 88.5%
  • No - 11.5%

Do you agree with the proposed new wording for when a dog should be put on a lead if requested to do so by an Authorised Officer in such circumstances?

  • Yes - 87.1%
  • No - 12.9%

What are we going to do now?

We are currently going through the Council process to update the current legislation to reflect your views. 

The new Public Spaces Protection Order – Control of Dogs 2020 will come into force on the 20 October 2020. 

Full details of the results of the consultation and the Council Executive Decision can be found on our decision page.