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Public Space Protection Orders

The District Council's Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) has been renewed with effect from 10th October 2022. The Order helps to ensure that the Dales remains a clean, green and safe place for residents and visitors.

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A PSPO is made under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime & Policing Act 2014. It means that anti-social behaviour may be dealt with by the issuing of a £100 Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) by a Police Officer, Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) and District Council Enforcement staff. The Order is effective until 2025 when it will be reviewed.

The Order (please check site signage for any restrictions that apply) includes restrictions / controls, in various public parks and open spaces throughout the Dales, on:

  • Dog fouling and dog control
  • Consumption of alcohol
  • Ban of Open fires and BBQs

Dog fouling and dog control

The Order means that it is an offence to not clear up after your dog on any land that is open to the public whether it be public or private land. Dog walkers should carry something to collect their dog mess such as poo bags or a carrier bag - we encourage you to use degradable bags where possible. If your dog makes a mess in a public place, please pick up the mess in your bag, seal it and dispose of it in a dog waste bin, litter bin or take it home to put in your domestic waste bin.

There are also some other controls for dogs to be kept on leads in some places, lead by direction in some places and dogs are excluded from some places such as children’s play areas.

You can report dog fouling on our website.

Consumption of alcohol

The control means that a person must stop drinking alcohol if asked to by a Police Officer, Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) or District Council Enforcement staff.

This control applies to our main town parks:

Ban of Open fires and BBQs

Fires or BBQs should not be lit in the areas specified which are:

Summary of all controls

Summary of the controls in alphabetical parish order.

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Detailed list of controls by town or village

Ashbourne

Map - Recreation Ground [PDF 1.3MB], Map - Memorial Gardens [6.4MB] and Map - Fishpond Meadow [5.2MB]

Other areas in Ashbourne:

Bakewell

Map: Bakewell Recreation Ground- Dog Control [1.3MB] and Scot's Gardens

Other locations in Bakewell:

Darley Dale

Matlock

Map: Hall Leys Park [1.6MB]

Other locations in Matlock:

Matlock Bath

Map: Derwent Gardens, Lovers' Walk and Pavilion Park [6.1MB]

Other locations in Matlock Bath:

Wirksworth

Map: Fanny Shaws Playing Field [5.7MB]

Other locations in Wirksworth:

Rural Villages

Stanton Moor

Map: BBQ Stanton Moor [2.4MB]

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