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3. Closed consultations
This page shows updates and results from consultations that have taken place over the last year and that are now closed. For older consultations, please contact the Consultation and Insight Officer.
Merstham Recreation Ground
We have been consulting residents and users of Merstham Recreation Ground about plans to improve it. The consultation, which includes a survey for over 18s and one for young people, was open from Wednesday 9 September until Monday 5 October 2020. More information about the project, draft proposals and surveys is available on our Merstham Rec pages. We will share the results and next steps soon.
Redhill Public Space Protection Order review
This consultation is part of a review of the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) that covers Redhill town centre and Memorial Park and has been in place since 2017. The council is considering extending the order for up to a further three years and would like the views of residents, businesses, workers, shoppers and other visitors in Redhill.
Read a summary of the results of the consultation and find out the next steps.
The Redhill PSPO webpage explains more about the order but briefly, it gives the council and police extra powers to tackle anti-social behaviour. By intervening early, the police and the council hope to prevent anti-social behaviour escalating into a crime. The PSPO means the council and police can require someone to stop carrying out one of the behaviours listed in the order. If they do not stop, they can be fined (that is, issued with a fixed penalty notice). They could ultimately be summonsed to court or, in certain circumstances, be arrested.
A full list of the behaviours the order regulates and a map of the area it covers is on the PSPO webpage and was included in the survey. The consultation was open from Monday 6 July until 5pm Monday 17 August.
Between 27 August and 26 Septmeber 2020, we consulted users of parks and open spaces about the Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) that regulate dogs' behaviour in those areas.
About the consultation:
There are PSPOs for each park or open space and two further ones; one covering covering local roads, footways and verges and another for all other open space in the borough. Where a dog walker does not comply with an order, the council may issue them with a fixed penalty notice of £80 or, ultimately they may be prosecuted with a maximum penalty of £1,000. The wording of the PSPOs varies depending on the area it covers but rules tend to relate to whether dogs should be kept on a lead, kept out altogether (e.g. in children’s playgrounds), clearing up dog mess and the maximum number of dogs one person can walk at a time. Reigate & Banstead is required to review the orders at least every three years and, as part of that review, to consult with the community. We chose to run a survey to consult with people.
We asked people who used our parks and open spaces which ones they visited and whether they supported the relevant PSPO/s being extended. We also asked them whether they supported extending the borough-wide PSPOs. We invited comments and ideas about the orders and, to help us understand who was taking part in the survey, asked participants’ main purposes for visiting their chosen park/s. We provided information about the current rules covering each of our open spaces and borough-wide places such as roads and common land. We provided the survey online and publicised it on posters in all our parks, through social media, local media and on our website.
We received 965 surveys. As each survey related to a specific park or green space, some participants may have completed more than one survey but we estimate that at least 700 people took part.
- Support for extending the PSPOs in their current form was, on average, 72%. A further 13% said they partially supported the PSPO being extended.
- There was 90% support for the extension of PSPOs covering roads, footways and verges.
- There was 91% support for the extension of PSPOs covering dog behaviour in all other open spaces.
- Some people had views about the maximum number of dogs that one person is permitted to walk at a time. The PSPOs set this as six dogs. Some people felt this was too many and suggested that four was more reasonable. Others felt that six was about right or suggested licensing as an option to regulate professional dog walkers.
- Many participants took up our invitation to give extra comments about the PSPOs. Although often not specifically about the wording of the PSPOs we received lots of comments related to use of parks and about dogs and dog and/or owner behaviour. These were variously from: dog owners, people with positive and negative experiences with dogs, people with professional interests in dogs and people with specific interests in wildlife. Some of the key themes that emerged were around: council enforcement of the PSPOs, dog fouling and dog waste bins, concern that the maximum number of dogs walked by one person is too many and signage/communication relating to PSPOs.
- In October 2020, the PSPOs were extended for up to a further three years.
- To help dog walkers and all users of our parks and open spaces, we are featuring an article on dogs in the spring 2021 issue of Borough News, which is delivered to every home in the borough.
- We are also looking to make improvements to the signs in our parks so that the rules about dog behaviour are clear.