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Consultation on New Dog Controls

Posted by Suffolk Coastal District Council on 12 November 2018 | Comments

Suffolk Coastal is asking local people if they want us to implement a series of new dog control orders.

In recent months, the Council has introduced a number of Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs). These have been largely to replace existing byelaws across the district.

However, a number of communities, through their Town and Parish Councils, have now asked us to consider introducing additional dog controls within their areas.

So, before Suffolk Coastal makes any decision on this issue, it is asking for the views of local people through a 6-week public consultation - which starts on Monday, 12 November, and runs until Friday, 21 December 2018.

Cllr Steve Gallant, Suffolk Coastal’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Community Health explained:

“This is not about Suffolk Coastal District Council wanting to bring in draconian restrictions on dogs or their owners. We are carrying out this consultation in response to local communities asking for additional controls in specific areas to allow everyone to enjoy the amenities,” 

“Suffolk Coastal is a dog friendly district and we recognise that most dog owners are incredibly responsible about where they walk their dogs, and cleaning up after their pets. However, the local communities feel there are certain areas where dogs should be controlled and kept on leads.”

“We have a legal duty to consider these requests and also consult with the wider public, before making any decision. I would encourage people to take this opportunity to have their say on these draft proposals, so we can make our final decision based on a clear consensus of public opinion.”

In total, six new PSPOs are being suggested. One is the replacement of an existing by-law, to exclude dogs and dogs on leads on defined areas of Thorpeness Beach from 1 May to 30 September each year.

The five new controls relate to:

  • Dogs on leads on Charsfield recreation ground
  • Dogs on leads within Martello Park, Felixstowe
  • Dogs on leads on Felixstowe Town Hall Gardens
  • Dogs on leads on Felixstowe Seafront Gardens
  • Exclusion of dogs from Langer Park children’s play area, Felixstowe (NB. This purely covers the area of Langer Park, where the swings and other play equipment is – not the whole park!).

Full details of the proposed orders.

If you wish to comment on these proposed new Public Space Protection Orders, please do so through the online survey form or email: environment@eastsuffolk.gov.uk

Or you can write to:  PSPO Consultation, c/o Environmental Protection, Suffolk Coastal District Council, East Suffolk House, Station Road, Melton Suffolk IP12 1RT

Your comments should reach us by no later than midnight on Friday, 21 December 2018.

All consultation responses will be given due consideration by the Council before any orders are made. The final decision will rest with the Suffolk Coastal District Council and will be scheduled for consideration at a Cabinet meeting after the closure of the consultation period.

If you require any further information or have any queries related to this matter, please contact or write to us using the details given above.