Meeting: NW6 Dog Owners and Paddington Old Cemetery Users
7.30pm, Monday, March 11, 2019, at the Kilburn Arms
Background to Meeting
On the 1st of February 2019, a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) was put in place for Paddington Old Cemetery by Brent Council. Amongst a number of anti-social behaviours listed punishable by a fine from £100-£1000, having dogs off-lead in the Cemetery was listed. The Council has sent enforcement officers that have made a number of warnings and fines against dog owners since it went live.
For many years Paddington Old Cemetery has been used by dog owners exercising their dogs on and off-lead responsibly in harmony with other Cemetery users. There have been signs about on-lead requirements however they were not enforced. Paddington Old Cemetery offered responsible dog owners a quiet place to walk their dogs. In return, responsible dog owners and walkers have been the eyes and ears of the Cemetery deterring anti-social behaviour and vandalism by their presence every day of the year, come rain or shine.
The local community was not consulted about a proposed Public Space Protection Order for the Cemetery before it went live.
We believe a PSPO which is criminalising and penalising responsible dog owners at Paddington Old Cemetery is going to:
- cause more damage than good,
- cost the community and the council more in the long run, and
- attract more anti-social behaviour than preventing it.
Instead of criminalising responsible dog owners we, as responsible NW6 dog owners and walkers, want to work with the council and community to tackle anti-social behaviour together.
If the PSPO is left unchallenged it will be live for 3 years and where in NW6 will we be able to walk our dogs offlead free from prosecution?
What will happen to the Cemetery when we have lost our eyes and ears?
If you are a responsible dog owner or walker who is passionate about Paddington Old Cemetery and wants to do something about this PSPO- please come to the meeting.
- Current status of Public Space Protection Order.
- Why it was triggered- what are the anti-social problems it is trying to tackle?
- What can be done to challenge the PSPO?
- Next steps.
We look forward to seeing you on 11thth of March.
Tamara & Helen (NW6 Dog Owners and Paddington Cemetery users)
This is an independent initiative, supported by BRAT. We encourage all interested members to attend.