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The council has recently introduced some Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) which are made under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014.  

  • A PSPO is a new tool that councils can use to deal with particular nuisances or problems affecting a specified area that is or may be detrimental to the local community.  They can be used for a wide range of problems for which there is evidence of impact, and the specified area can be as small as a play park or footpath, or as large as the district as a whole
  • The council must be satisfied on reasonable grounds that the activities have had or are likely to have a detrimental effect on the quality of life of local people, and that the effect is persistent or continuing and likely to be unreasonable 
  • The dog control PSPO incorporates all the previous whole district requirements to clear up after dogs, keep dogs on leads in specified places and designate some areas where dogs are not allowed.  Some changes to the areas covered have been made following public consultation, and in all there are 180 specified locations with specific dog controls in place
  • There is a new requirement for all dogs to be kept on a lead on roads and pavements
  • The seashores and promenades PSPO incorporates dog controls on the beaches and promenades of East Devon and a new requirement which will allow a fixed penalty to be issued to people feeding seagulls
  • Council officers and members of the public will provide information about situations which have caused concern to the environmental health team to follow up.  The team will take a proportionate response to the complaint taking into account all relevant information; there will be a strong emphasis on advice and education
  • Where a fixed penalty notice is appropriate the fine will be £80
  • Dogs on leads and dog ban areas