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Public Space Protection Orders

On 20 October 2017 the existing Designated Public Place Order (DPPO) covering Matlock becomes a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) following the introduction of the ASB Crime and Policing Act 2014.

A PSPO means that any anti-social behaviour can be dealt with by the issuing of a £100 Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) by a police office, Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) and Derbyshire Dales District Council enforcement staff.

Signage advising people that they are in a PSPO area, warning of the possible consequences of anti-social behaviour, is being installed by Derbyshire Dales District Council in autumn 2017.

  • PSPOs for dog fouling have existed in the Derbyshire Dales since 2015. Here's the list of sites [PDF 92KB] covered by the dog orders - see more information below.


The DPPO was set up in Matlock in 2007, covering most areas of the town centre as a useful tool to assist with enforcement in cases of anti-social behaviour.

Under the terms of the ASB Crime and Policing Act 2014 the DPPO can automatically transfer to become a PSPO for a period of three years provided no changes are made to the original DPPO.

A review of the Matlock order will be required in 2020, when a consultation will take place. Based on the evidence of the previous three years and the enforcement of any alcohol-related elements, amendments could be made to suit the results of the consultation.

The order area is shown in the map below, the border of which is outlined in red.

Matlock PSPO area

Dog fouling PSPOs

Derbyshire Dales District Council responded to the views of local people by introducing new dog orders that became law in public spaces across the Derbyshire Dales from 1 April 2015.

Exclusion orders and a dogs-on-leads policy have been adopted in certain areas - and give council workers powers to issue fixed penalty notices to dog owners who fail to remove dog mess left by their animals in public places. Here's the list of sites [PDF 92KB] covered by the dog orders.

  • The orders seek to balance the needs of responsible dog owners against the interests of those affected by dogs, particularly children.

Whoopsies, doo-doos and poos are some of the cute names that are used to give a pleasant name to what is rather unpleasant subject.

Allowing your dog to foul on open spaces and failing to clear it up is irresponsible, highly unpleasant and also potentially dangerous. Dog faeces carry many germs. A child who plays where a dog has fouled can pick up germs which lead to illness. In extreme cases this may result in blindness. 

It is anti-social - dog mess is offensive to look at. We have all at some time, had to step carefully when walking along the pavement and had the obnoxious experience of actually treading in this mess.

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