Have your say on our proposals for dog controls and the feeding of seagulls.

For many years a number of Dog Control Orders have been in place in East Devon. Some of these apply to the district as a whole, and some to specific areas such as children’s play areas, some recreation areas and beaches. We have to incorporate all these existing orders into new Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO). During this process we are considering some changes. We want your thoughts on the new PSPOs and the changes.

Why are we doing this?

  • New legislation requires us to do this by the end of 2017.
  • It has given us the opportunity to revise the control orders in light of recent improvements, for example to some play areas, requests from town and parish councils and our own observations about the effectiveness of some existing controls.

Main changes proposed

The majority of the dog controls have stayed the same as they have been previously in the Dog Control Orders and have just been transferred across to a Public Space Protection Order. However, whilst we’ve been doing this work it has given us the opportunity to update some of the controls in place. The main changes proposed are:

  • Dogs must be kept on leads on the highway and on footpaths next to the highway. This is because loose dogs have been a hazard to vehicles, cyclists and walkers. We carried out surveys in the summer and 100% of dog owners questioned agreed that this was a responsible thing to do.
  • Minor changes to the seasonal dog exclusions on two beaches. These are appropriate because we identified that more space was needed for families with dogs in Exmouth and this could be done without impacting upon a long length of dog free beach, and in Sidmouth one of the “dogs allowed” areas could not be easily and safely accessed.
  • A ban on feeding seagulls on or near our town beaches. This is because people using the esplanades, beaches and walkways are often affected by gulls stealing food or being attracted to people deliberately feeding them.

Full details

We want to know what you think. We are also consulting Devon and Cornwall Police, District Councillors and Parish and Town Councils on the proposed PSPOs.

Please have a look at the Public Space Protection Orders we have drafted, all changes from current rules are in red:

If you need a paper copy of the consultation, or require it in any other format please email or call 01395 571456.

How to have your say

If you wish to comment please email or send comments by post to Environmental Health, East Devon District Council, Knowle, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 8HL. All comments must be received by 31 January 2017.

Please note that all comments received will be published on our website and attributed to the person/organisation that submitted them, however, personal addresses, personal email addresses and personal phone numbers will be removed before publishing. By submitting your comments you are agreeing to your comments and information being used in this way.

Next steps

Once the consultation period has ended we will consider the comments made and where appropriate will amend the proposals. The final orders will then be agreed by The Council with the intention that they will be in place before 1 May 2017.

Background information