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2. Dog control and seashore PSPO consultation

Public Space Protection Order Consultation – Dog Control and Seashores and Promenades.

Have your say on our review of the current Public Spaces Protection Orders.

East Devon District Council has three existing Public Spaces Protection Orders which apply across the district. These include a Dog Control PSPO, Seashores and Promenades PSPO, and Control of Anti-Social Behaviour & the Consumption of Intoxicating Substances PSPO.

Some of the requirements within each PSPO apply to the district as a whole, and some to specific areas such as children’s play areas, some recreation areas and beaches.

We are required to review each PSPO every three years and during this process we are considering some changes. We want your thoughts on the current requirements and proposed changes.   

Why are we doing this?

  • The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 requires us to review each PSPO every three years.
  • The review gives us the opportunity to propose some changes to the requirements, for example, timed dog exclusion requirements on East Devon beaches.

Main changes proposed

Some of the controls have stayed the same. 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:

  • It is proposed to remove the requirement to keep dogs on leads whilst on or adjacent to a public highway as it is now considered that a more targeted approach is more appropriate to deal with irresponsible owners using powers available under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.
  • It is proposed that dog owners will be able to walk their dogs on East Devon beaches at Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Sidmouth, Beer and Seaton during the early morning or later in the evening during the summer season (1st May to 30 September). It is proposed that the summer season dog exclusion requirement will only apply between 09.00 and 18.00.
  • It is proposed that dog owners will be required to walk their dogs on a lead along the esplanade adjacent to Exmouth beach.
  • It is proposed that dog owners will be able to walk their dogs off a lead within the eastern section of Beer beach during the summer season.  Dog owners will be required to keep their dogs on a lead to access the beach café, which is currently located within a dog exclusion area during the summer season.
  • It is proposed that dog owners will be able to walk their dogs in the whole section of beach at Jacobs Ladder in Sidmouth.
  • It is proposed that dog owners will be required to walk their dogs on a lead between The Chine and Trevelyan Road all year round at Seaton. It is proposed that the dog exclusion requirement along the esplanade between Castle Hill and Trevelyan Road is removed during the summer season.
  • It is proposed that dog owners will no longer be required to walk their dogs on the lead at The Glen, Honiton.
  • It is proposed that the fixed penalty notice fine which is issued to a person for breaching a PSPO will increase from £80 to £100.

All Proposed changes

Control of Dogs PSPO

Table showing proposed changes

Maps document showing proposed changes

Order Showing Proposed Changes Control Of Dogs

Order showing proposed changes

Seashores and Promenades PSPO

Table showing proposed changes

Maps document showing proposed changes

Order showing proposed changes Seashores and Promenades

If you would like hard copies of the documents relating to proposed changes in specific locations, please contact Environmental Health on 01395 517457.

How to have your say

If you wish to comment please email pspoconsultation@eastdevon.gov.uk or send comments by post to Environmental Health, East Devon District Council, Blackdown House, Border Road, Heathpark Industrial Estate, Honiton, EX14 1EJ.

Any comments received after the consultation end date of 20 November 2022 may not be taken into account.

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 final Orders. The final orders will then be agreed by The Council with the intention that they will be in place before 1 May 2023.