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‘We’re tired of barking Byes users’

06:00 23 August 2014

A view of the Byes near to Sid Park Road. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 2897-34-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to and click on Photo Orders

A view of the Byes near to Sid Park Road. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 2897-34-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to and click on Photo Orders


TIRED residents near the Byes are pleading for dog owners to keep the noise down after weeks of early wake up calls.

Claire Louise Jinks, 49, and her neighbours on Sid Park Road have been woken up as early as 5am because motorists shut their car doors loudly and dogs bark.

Claire said: “I have just moved here and I think it is a lovely area. I was expecting noise from people who live on the road not those who visit it.”

The road is a popular spot for visitors due to its unrestricted parking. Drivers park outside their house before unloading their dogs sometimes talking at the ‘top of their voice’.

The mum of one said: “It’s not even rude, they just don’t realise what they’re doing. Not everyone is awake at that time.”

The residents haven’t approached the owners themselves about the issue as they were unsure how they would react.

One resident who wished to be anonymous said: “It’s being a bit more respectful for the people who are still sleeping. We do not want a war.”

He asked if dog walkers could keep their pets on their leads until they reach Margaret’s Field, a section of the Byes only a few hundred metres away to reduce the noise near their homes.


  • If I took my kids for a walk in the Byes and they started kicking off I would intervene and keep them quiet. Some dog owners have no sense of how annoying their pooch can be to other people, and seem to find their barking amusing.

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    Monday, August 25, 2014

  • This is a widespread problem for anyone living in the vicinity of The Byes, from Sidford to Sidmouth. All nearby residential roads are considered fair game as free car parks, regardless of nuisance to residents, to the extent that driveways may be blocked all day. Just part of the our bad mannered culture. Of course, the police and local authorities don't give a damn.

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    Saturday, August 23, 2014

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