Moves to restrict use of drones in public parks and dogs in churchyards

Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council is holding a consultation on the renewal of Public Space Protection Orders [PSPOs].

This includes the inclusion of restrictions on drones in public parks and allowing dogs off the lead in closed churchyards.

The document proposes preventing the unauthorised use of drones on any open space owned by the council.

The instruction to keep dogs on leads at all times would apply to the churches of St Stephen’s and St Peter & St Paul’s.

PSPOs, which must be renewed every three years, give councils additional measures to be used in public parks and open spaces.

The orders set up in 2017 introduced a range of measures such as preventing dog-fouling, restricting the number of dogs one person can have with them, and excluding dogs from children’s play areas.

Other restrictions include a ‘controlled alcohol zone’, unauthorised barbecues, camping, swimming and boating.

Breaching a PSPO can result in the imposition of a Fixed Penalty Notice of £80.

The two new proposals have been put up for consultation until September 30.

The consultation can be viewed at or hard copies are available at Tonbridge Castle Gateway.

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