Summer dogs ban for Jacob’s Ladder


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DOGS will be banned from Jacob’s Ladder in Sidmouth during the summer months when an exclusion order is extended next month.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) wants the popular spot to become pooch-free in line with the rest of the seafront area under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act.

A public consultation on the matter ended on March 29 - and did not receive a single response.

It was proposed the exclusion order would span from the beach between the foot of the eastern facing access ramp opposite Ham Lane in the east to a point 100m to the west of Jacob’s Ladder.

Access will only be permitted to the rest of the beach via the bottom of the cliff.

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The seasonal ban is set to come into effect from May 1 to September 30.

It was also proposed that dogs on leads order amendment be extended from the Esplanade to continue westward along the concrete walkway adjacent to the beach.

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The order will continue along the base of the cliffway to include the area in front of the permanent beach huts to the end of the concrete walkway.

Anyone caught flouting the rules faces being fined.

Sidmouth Town Council backed the proposals without comment when they were on the agenda at a meeting last month.

An EDDC spokesman said: “A decision to amend the existing dog exclusion order covering this area of Sidmouth was made by the council in December 2012. The aim is to tidy up some inconsistencies in the original 2008 order and make it easier to enforce.

“There have been no public comments in response to the consultation and the amended order will become effective from May 1.”

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