We gather the views of our residents, partners and other service users through consultations about a number of issues.

Your views help shape the services we provide to you.

Below is some information on consultations currently being undertaken by, or involving, Charnwood Borough Council. 

To find out what we have done in the past and the results and outcomes of recent consultations please visit our past consultations page.

Polling District Review 2022

A consultation has been launched about proposed changes to polling districts, places and stations in Charnwood.

All 92 polling districts have been reviewed following changes to the borough’s ward boundaries which will come into effect for the local elections in May 2023.

Next year the current 28 ward boundaries in Charnwood will reduce to 24. The number of borough councillors will remain at 52 but it means most ward boundaries will change, except for two wards, Anstey, and Quorn & Mountsorrel. The boundary changes are the result of an independent review by the Boundary Commission.

People can find out more by reading the Council’s Polling Districts, Polling Places and Polling Stations Review 2022 document on the website. Visit www.charnwood.gov.uk/pollingdistrictreview.

The webpage also gives information on how to give your views. The deadline to submit representations is Monday, October 3, 2022.

Bradgate Park and Swithland Woods Public Spaces Protection Order Consultation to extend or extend and amend the existing controls (Stage 2)

Proposal for Order – 2023 – 2026

  • Yellow zone – dogs on leads between 9am and 10pm
  • Green zone – dogs on lead by direction (requirement to put dog on a lead if a Ranger or authorised officer thinks the dog is out of control or likely to become out of control)
  • Grey Zone – Deer sanctuary – dogs exclusion zone for safety of the deer (people are also excluded from this area)

Background

Bradgate Park and Swithland Woods extended the Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) for dog control in February 2020 to apply conditions about dog control on the estate.

Charnwood Borough Council made the order in line with legislation in the Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 .

The Order includes a:

  • dog on leads zone (yellow zone).
  • dog on lead by direction zone (green zone) which covers 75% of the estate (except for the deer sanctuary which is a)
  • dog exclusion zone (grey zone).

The Order lasts for up to three years, so in February 2023 it is proposed to continue with the PSPO for Bradgate Park and Swithland Woods in the same format as the Order in 2020. Detail at top of page.

We would like to hear your views on this proposal. 

Stage 1 of the consultation was open from Tuesday June 14, 2022 until Friday July 29 at 5pm.

Consultation Stage 2  - Formal stage of consultation for comment on the proposed changes in the Notice of Intention

Charnwood Borough Council would like to hear your comments about the proposed extension to the Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) at Bradgate Park and Swithland Wood.

It is proposed to extend the current PSPO for a further period of up to 3 years from January 2023 to January 2026.  A copy of the 2020 PSPO can be found below:

If you would like to add a comment, object or approve the Notice of Intention, visit www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/noticeofintention.

At the closure of this formal consultation period (stage 2), the Council will review all comments and will make a decision on whether to extend the order or an alternative in part or in full.

This stage of the consultation will close on Friday September 16, 2022 at 5pm.

Public Spaces Protection Orders Consultation

Charnwood Borough Council currently has a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in place which runs from January 2020 to January 2023.

The PSPO will need to be varied and/or extended in January 2023 as 3 years is the maximum time period for these orders in line with the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014.  The first part of varying/extending these orders will involve a consultation across the Borough.

There will also be a further consultation on Stonebow Washlands and Dishley Pool so that the variation made in May 2022 can be merged with the Borough wide Order.  There is a map included in the consultation details to show the proposed zones across the site at Stonebow Washlands.

The current orders cover:

  • Not allowing a dog to foul and not clearing up (across the whole Borough except private and agricultural land)
  • Dogs being excluded from fenced children’s play areas
  • Dogs being kept on a lead in certain area
  • Dogs being put on leads by direction of an authorised officer

The proposals in the consultation include maintaining the existing controls and also asking residents and other stakeholders if further controls may be considered. 

It is important to note that any additional controls will only be considered where there is clear evidence of significant ASB (anti-social behaviour) activities, for example dog attacks. There will also be an additional resource needed to enforce so historical data and evidence will be reviewed when making any decisions. It will also need to meet the legal test shown below.

Power to make orders

  1. A local authority may make a public spaces protection order if satisfied on reasonable grounds that two conditions are met.
  2. The first condition is that: a) activities carried on in a public place within the authority’s area have had a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality, or b) it is likely that activities will be carried on in a public place within that area and that they will have such an effect.
  3. The second condition is that the effect, or likely effect, of the activities: a) is, or is likely to be, of a persistent or continuing nature, b) is, or is likely to be, such as to make the activities unreasonable, and c) justifies the restrictions imposed by the notice.
  4. A public spaces protection order is an order that identifies the public place referred to in subsection (2) (“the restricted area”) and: a) prohibits specified things being done in the restricted area, b) requires specified things to be done by persons carrying on specified activities in that area, or c) does both of those things.
  5. The only prohibitions or requirements that may be imposed are ones that are reasonable to impose in order: a) to prevent the detrimental effect referred to in subsection (2) from continuing, occurring or recurring, or b) to reduce that detrimental effect or to reduce the risk of its continuance, occurrence, or recurrence.

To put forward your comments:

For details of the previous PSPO please see link below:

A map of Stonebow Washlands that shows the zones can be found below:

  • Yellow zone = Dogs on leads by direction (It is the owner’s choice whether to keep dogs on a lead or not but they must be in full control of the dog.  If an authorised officer thinks your dog is out of control or likely to become out of control you will be asked to put your dog on a lead and failure to do so will result in a fine.
  • Blue zone = Dogs should be on a lead at all times.

Complete the online survey by visiting www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/CharnwoodPSPO.

The initial consultation to the public has now closed as of August 19. Stakeholders are being consulted until September 30, 2022.

After September 30, a review will take place and a Notice of Intention will be published on this website with proposals for varying and/or extending the Order.

Last updated: Wed 14th September, 2022 @ 16:11