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Controlling your dog in public

As of 19 August 2020 all parks and open spaces are controlled by a Dog Control Public Space Protection Order (PSPO). This order imposes various restrictions to dog control and other activities in our parks and open spaces. There is a grace period until 8 September 2020 where no enforcement of this order will take place.

Restricted areas

The order includes the areas listed below as well as roads, footpaths, pavements, grass verges, alleyways, allotments, parks and wooded areas.

  • Abbey Recreation Ground, Morden Road, Morden, SW19 3BP
  • Abbotsbury School Meadow Land, Abbotsbury Road, Morden, SM4 5JS
  • All Saints Recreation Ground, Leyton Road, London (includes 21 Leyton Road), Morden, SW19 1DJ
  • Batsworth Road, Batsworth Road, Mitcham, CR4  
  • Beverley Meads, Barham Road, Wimbledon, SW19
  • Birch Walk, Birch Walk, Mitcham, CR4
  • Brangwyn Crescent, Brangwyn Crescent Colliers Wood, CR4
  • Brenley PF, Aventine Avenue, Mitcham, CR4
  • Bunces Meadow, Windsor Ave, Mitcham, CR4
  • Bushey Road Rough, Wimbledon, SW19
  • Caesars Walk, Caesars Walk, Mitcham, CR4 4LE
  • Cannizaro Park, West Side, London, Wimbledon, SW19 4UD
  • Cannon Hill Common, Cannon Hill Lane, Morden, SW20 9BY
  • Canons Recreation Ground, Madeira Road Mitcham, CR4 4HD
  • Carshalton Road Open Space, Carshalton Road, Mitcham, Mitcham, CR4
  • Chaucer Centre (PDC), Canterbury Road, Morden, Surrey SM4 6PX
  • Cherry Wood, Northernhay Walk, Morden. Surrey, Morden, SM4 4BS
  • Cherrytree Open Space, Batsworth Road, Morden, SM4
  • Chilmark Road Open Space (former Natwest sports ground), Chilmark Road, Mitcham, SW16
  • Church Lane Playing Fields, Church Path, Merton Park SW19 3HQ
  • Church Road Cemetery, CR4 3BE, Mitcham, CR4 3BE
  • Civic Centre Frontage, London Road, Morden, SM4 5DX
  • Colliers Wood Recretion Ground, South Gardens, Mitcham, SW19 2NT
  • Commons Extension Woodlands, bordering A3 Playing Fields to Coombe Lane Flyover, Wimbledon, SW19
  • Commons Extension, bordering A3 Playing Fields to Coombe Lane Flyover, Wimbledon, SW19
  • Commonside East, Commonside East, Mitcham, Mitcham, CR4
  • Cottenham Park Rough, Cottenham Park Road, Wimbledon, SW19
  • Cottenham Park, Melbury Gardens Wimbledon, SW20 0PY
  • Cranmer Green, Madeira Road, Mitcham, Mitcham, CR4 4HD
  • Cricket Green, Cricket Green, Mitcham, Mitcham, CR4 4LA
  • Deen City Farm Driveway, Windsor Ave, Morden, Mitcham, CR4 
  • Deer Park Gardens, Deer Park Gardens, Mitcham, CR4
  • Donne Place, Donne Place, Mitcham, Mitcham, CR4 1DX
  • Donnelly Green, South Lodge Avenue, Mitcham, Mitcham, CR4 1LT
  • Drax Playing Fields, Preston Road, London, Wimbledon, SW20 0SS
  • Dundonald Recreation Ground, Dundonald Road, London, Wimbledon, SW19 3QH
  • Durnsford Recreation Ground, Wellington Road, Wimbledon, SW19 8EY
  • Edenvale Open Space, Woodland Way, Mitcham, Mitcham, CR4 2DZ
  • Fair Green, Upper Green West, CR4, Mitcham, CR4
  • Field Gate Lane, Lewis Road, Mitcham, CR4
  • Figges Marsh, London Road, Mitcham, Mitcham, CR4 2AY
  • Fishponds Wood, Barham Road, Wimbledon, SW19
  • Four Acres Flood Plain / Derwent Flood Wash, Derwent Road, Lower Morden, Morden, SW20 9NH
  • Gap Road Cemetery, Gap Road, London, Wimbledon, SW19 8JF
  • Garfield Recreation Ground, Garfield Road, Wimbledon, SW19 8RZ
  • George Hill Open Space, Holne Chase, Morden, Surrey, Morden, SM4 5QB
  • Hamilton Gardens, Norman Road, Wimbledon, SW19
  • Hardy Gardens, Deburgh Road, Wimbledon, SW19
  • Haydons Road Rec, Haydons Road, Wimbledon, SW19
  • Hertford Way, Hertford Way, Mitcham, CR4
  • Holland Gardens, Cambridge Road, Wimbledon, SW20 0SB
  • John Innes Park, 41 Church Path, Morden, SW19 3LL
  • John Innes Recreation Ground, Cannon Hill Lane, Morden, SM4
  • Joseph Hood Recreation Ground, Martin Way, Morden, SW20 9BU
  • Kendor Gardens, Kenley Road, Morden, SW19 3DW
  • King Georges Playing Fields, Tudor Drive Morden Surrey, Morden, SM4 4PN
  • Lavender Park, Steers Mead, Mitcham, CR4 3RS
  • Lewis Road Recreation Ground, Lewis Road, Mitcham, CR4 3RB
  • London Road Cemetery, London Road, Mitcham, CR4 3LA
  • London Road Playing Fields, London Road, Mitcham, CR4 4ER
  • Long Bolstead Recreation Ground, Woodstock Way, Mitcham, CR4 1BE
  • Lower Green Open Space, Lower Green, Mitcham, CR4
  • Lynmouth Gardens, Garth Road, Morden, Surrey, SM4 4RX
  • Marlowe Square, Off Tamworth lane, Mitcham, CR4
  • Meadowsweet Open Space, Meadowsweet Close, Raynes Park, 
  • Merton & Sutton Cemetery, Garth Road, Morden, Surrey SM4 4NW
  • Merton Green Walks, Adjacent to Abbey recreation Ground, Morden, SM4
  • Miles Road, Miles Road, Mitcham, CR4 3AZ
  • Mitcham Common, Croydon Road, Mitcham, CR4 1HT
  • Morden Assembly Hall, Lower Morden Lane, Morden, SM4
  • Morden Park Sports Ground, London Road, Morden, SM4 4SF
  • Morden Park, London Road, Morden, SM4 4SF
  • Morden Recreation Ground, Middleton Road, Morden, SM4 6RU
  • Moreton Green, Mulchelney Road, Morden. Surrey, Morden, SM4 6HU
  • Morley Park, Cottenham Park Road, Wimbledon, SW20
  • Mostyn Gardens, Mostyn Road, Morden, SW19 3LR
  • Motspur Park Library, Station Road, Morden, SM4
  • Nelson Gardens, Morden Road, Morden, SW19 2JY
  • Nursery Road Playing Fields, Nursery Road, Morden, SW19 3BT
  • Oakleigh Way, Oakleigh Way, Mitcham, CR4 1AU
  • Pitt Crescent, Pitt Crescent, Wimbledon Park, Wimbledon SW19
  • Police Green, 58 Cricket Green, Mitcham, Surrey CR4 4LA 
  • Pollards Hill Recreation Ground, Recreation Way, Mitcham, CR4 
  • Randall Park (Leatherhead), Randalls Road, Leatherhead, KT22
  • Ravensbury Park, Morden Road, Mitcham, CR4 4DQ
  • Raynes Park Sports Ground, Taunton Avenue, Wimbledon, SW20 0BH
  • Robin Hood Open Space, Robin Hood Close, Mitcham, CR4
  • Rock Terrace, Phipps Bridge Road, Mitcham, CR4 3PL
  • Rowan Playing Field, Rowan Road, Mitcham, SW16 5JF
  • Rowan Road Rec, Rowan Road, Mitcham, SW16 5JF
  • Royal Wimbledon Golf Course, 29 Camp Road, Wimbledon, SW19 4UW
  • Sherwood Recreation Ground, Abbots Road, Mitcham Surrey, Mitcham, CR4 1JS
  • Sir Joseph Hood Memorial Playing Fields, Marina Ave, Morden, KT3 6NE
  • South Park Gardens, Dudley Road, Wimbledon, SW19 8PN
  • Stanford Road Recreation Ground, Stanford Road, Mitcham, SW16
  • Tamworth Recreation Ground, London Road, Mitcham, CR4 2JB
  • The Spinney, Farm Road, Morden, SM4
  • Three Kings Piece Including Three Kings Pond, Commonside East, Mitcham, CR4
  • Trafalgar Gardens, Norman Road, Wimbledon, SW19
  • Upper Green Open Space, Upper Green East, Mitcham, CR4
  • Vectis Gardens, Vectis Road, Mitcham, SW17 9RE
  • Vestry Green including Preshaw Crescent, London Road, Mitcham, Mitcham, CR4 3UD
  • Wandle Meadow, North Road, Wimbledon, Wimbledon, SW19 1TP
  • Wandle Park River Bank, Byegrove Road, Wimbledon, SW19 2AZ
  • Wandle Park, Byegrove Rd Wimbledon, SW19 2AZ
  • Wandle River Walk - Bennetts Hole, Willow Lane, Mitcham, CR4
  • Wandle River Walk - Mead Path, Byegrove Road, Wimbledon, SW19 2AZ
  • Wandle River Walk - Phipps Bridge to Brangwyn Crescent, Phipps Bridge to Brangwyn Crescent, Mitcham, CR4
  • Wandle River Walk - Phipps Bridge to Windsor Avenue, Phipps Bridge to Windsor Avenue, Mitcham, CR4
  • Wandle River Walk - Plough Lane/Weir Road, Plough Lane to Weir Road, Wimbledon, SW19
  • Wandle River Walk - Windsor Avenue to Station Road, Windsor Avenue to Station Road, Colliers Wood  
  • Watermeads, Riverside Drive, Mitcham, CR4
  • Wimbledon Park Leisure Centre Car Park, Latimer Road, Wimbledon, SW19 1EW
  • Wimbledon Park, Home Park Road, Wimbledon, SW19 8AU
  • Woodmansterne Nature Reserve, Woodmansterne Road, Streatham, CR4

Dog fouling

If a dog fouls within the restricted area, at any time, and the person who is in charge of the dog fails to remove the faeces or place it in a bin that person shall be guilty of an offence unless

  • The person has a reasonable excuse for failing to do so.
  • The owner, occupier or other person or authority having control of the restricted area has consented (generally or specifically) to the failing to do so.
  • The person is unaware of the defecation because of not being in the vicinity or otherwise. Not having a device or other suitable means of removing the faeces is not a reasonable excuse for failing to remove the faeces. The person in charge of the dog must produce a device or other suitable means of removing dog faeces at an authorised officer request. If the person is unable to provide this then and offence will have been committed unless the person has a reasonable excuse for not doing so.

Dogs on leads

A person in charge of a dog shall be guilty of an offence if, at any time, they do not comply with a direction given to them by an authorised officer to put and keep the dog on a lead in the restricted area unless

  • The person has a reasonable excuse for failing to do so.
  • The owner, occupier or other person or authority having control of the restricted area has consented otherwise.

An authorised officer may only request a dog to be on a lead if it is reasonably necessary to prevent a nuisance or behaviour by the dog that is likely to cause annoyance or disturbance to any other person, or to a bird or another animal.

Dog exclusion area

Dogs must not enter the exclusion area. If a person in charge of a dog takes a dog into this area they are guilty of an offence unless

  • The person has a reasonable excuse for doing so.
  • The owner, occupier or other person or authority having control of the restricted area has consented.

Multiple dog walking

No more than 4 dogs are allowed to be controlled by 1 person in the restricted area unless  

  • The person has a reasonable excuse for doing so.
  • The owner, occupier or other person or authority having control of the restricted area has consented. 

Exemptions

The following exemptions apply.

  • If you have a disability and have a guide or assistance dog.
  • If you are training an assistance dog in an official capacity.
  • You have a dog used by the Police or other agencies permitted by the Council for official purposes.

Fixed penalty

The Police or a council enforcement officer may issue a fixed penalty notice of £80 to anyone believed to have committed an offence.