Dog fine hike proposed

PUBLISHED: 15:17 16 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:15 17 June 2010

DOG owners could be fined up to £1,000 if they breach new control orders proposed by East Devon District Council. The council is proposing that Bye Laws which have been in force for several years in Sidmouth and the surrounding areas be replaced with a si

DOG owners could be fined up to £1,000 if they breach new control orders proposed by East Devon District Council.

The council is proposing that Bye Laws which have been in force for several years in Sidmouth and the surrounding areas be replaced with a single set of Dog Control Orders.

These orders would ban dogs from certain areas, require dog fouling to be picked up on all open land where the public are entitled to go, and in some areas require dogs to be kept on leads.

At present the council's dog controls state that if people do not clean up after their dogs in certain spots a fixed penalty notice of £50 may be issued, or if taken to court they may get a fine of up to £1,000 if convicted.

And if byelaws are breached a fine of £500 can be given.

Under the new orders all offences are punishable by a fine of up to £1,000 following conviction and for first offences officers could issue a fixed penalty notice with a fine of £80.

Under the new order dogs would be banned from Sidmouth beach between the eastern facing access ramp opposite Ham lane to the bottom of Peak Hill opposite the Westcliff Hotel from May 1 to September 30 each year.

Dogs would also be banned from Manstone Lane play area and Long Park play area in Sidmouth, Furzehill play area in Sidbury, Byes Lane park in Sidford, Winters Lane play area and Land of Canaan play area in Ottery and Back Lane park in Newton Poppleford.

Dogs on leads would be enforced in Sidmouth at The Esplanade, Putting Green and Triangle, Blackmore Gardens, Connaught Gardens, Glen Goyle and Long Park ground.

The new orders would mean dogs should be kept on leads in Sidford playing field and Land of Canaan in Ottery.

The consultation period will close on Friday, January 23.

Full draft orders are available from EDDC's website, http://www.eastdevon.gov.uk/google/index/your_council/policy_and_performance/legal/byelaws/dog_control_orders.htm

Comments on the proposed orders should be sent by letter to Dog Control Order

Consultation, Environmental Health Service, The Knowle Sidmouth EX10 8HL

or can be sent by e-mail to environmentalhealth@eastdevon.gov.uk.


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