Daventry District residents are being reminded of new dog control powers that are now in place.
Although the new regulations are now in place, full enforcement of them will not begin until April 1, 2019.
Anyone caught breaking the new rules between now and then will be given advice and guidance.
The new Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) introduces a number of new regulations, including:
Dogs must be on leads in graveyards, cemeteries and memorial gardens
Dogs must be on leads near schools (when the school is open)
A maximum of 6 dogs can be walked by one person at one time
No smoking is permitted in defined and fenced off children’s play areas
Daventry District Council has been working with schools and parish councils to agree appropriate boundaries and signage for the regulations requiring dogs to be put on leads.
The boundaries around schools will focus mainly on entries and exits and will apply only when the school is open.
No smoking signage will also be added to fenced-off children’s play areas.
Cllr Richard Auger, environmental health and housing portfolio holder on Daventry District Council, said: "We want to create a cleaner and safer environment for everyone who uses our streets and pavements or enjoys our many parks and public open spaces.
"The regulations set out in the PSPO will support us in this aim, by further extending our enforcement officers’ powers to deal with the small minority of irresponsible dog owners who persistently fail to properly control or pick up after their pet."
The new PSPO also includes all the rules set out under the previous PSPO, which states that people in charge of a dog must:
Pick up after the dog
Carry the means to pick up after the dog
Prevent the dog from entering a fenced-off children’s play area
Put the dog on a lead when requested by an authorised officer
Keep the dog on a lead around the café area at Daventry Country Park
The rules set out under the previous PSPO are still enforceable during this period and anyone in breach faces a £100 fixed penalty notice or potentially court action, which could result in a fine on conviction of up to £1,000.