Residents in East Suffolk are invited to have their say on proposals to introduce three new dog control orders in parts of the district.
Earlier this year, 10 Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) were introduced to replace existing byelaws. The areas affected by these PSPOs included Charsfield recreation ground, Martello Park Gardens in Felixstowe and Felixstowe Seafront Gardens.
Now, three more PSPOs are being proposed to ensure dogs are kept on leads in Herringfleet Hills, Lound Lakes and Charsfield churchyard. A four-week consultation has launched today (Friday 13 December) inviting local people to give their views on these proposals.
Cllr James Mallinder, East Suffolk’s cabinet member for the Environment said:
“East Suffolk is a dog-friendly district and we recognise that most dog owners are responsible about the impact their dogs can have on others and the environment.
These three proposals affect specific areas of land which, although not in public ownership, are open to the public and are frequented by dog walkers. We have been asked to consider applying these controls to help those responsible for managing these sites to do so more effectively for the benefit of all their visitors.
Keeping your dog on a lead means everyone, with or without a dog, can enjoy these spaces and also protects livestock and wildlife. As always, we would remind dog walkers to make sure they clear up after their dog and dispose of the waste in the nearest litter bin.”
In total, three new PSPOs are being suggested.
Responses can also be sent to PSPO Consultation, c/o Environmental Protection, East Suffolk Council, East Suffolk House, Station Road, Melton Suffolk IP12 1RT.
The consultation closes on Friday 10 January 2020.
All responses will be given due consideration by the Council before any orders are made. The final decision will rest with East Suffolk Council and will be scheduled for consideration at a cabinet meeting after the closure of the consultation period.