Dog Bans On The Beach – Have Your Say

Do you walk your dog on Felixstowe beach? Have you got a strong opinion on those who do?

At the moment there are a number of byelaws in place across Suffolk Coastal concerning dog control and restrictions in public spaces but the council is committed to replacing these with Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs). As far as Felixstowe beach is concerned there are two options now being considered by the Council, and you have until 30th April to make your views known.

Option 1 – Keep existing byelaw restrictions

Introduce a PSPO banning dogs from Felixstowe beach northwards from the groyne between Manwick Road and Arwela Road to the groyne opposite the South-Eastern Corner of the Spa Pavilion, between 1 May and 30 September each year.

Option 2 – Make the area of ban larger but introduce restrictive times

Introduce a PSPO banning dogs from Felixstowe Beach northwards from the groyne adjacent to the southern end of Manor Terrace car park to the groyne adjacent to the junction of Undercliffe Road East with Maybush Lane, during the hours of 10am to 6pm between 1 May and 30 September each year.

The main difference between the two options is that in Option 2, the area of beach covered by the dog ban would be larger, but the ban would only be in force between 10am and 6pm, rather than around the clock.

Before taking any decisions on this issue, Suffolk Coastal District Council wants to consult local people on which option they prefer – and wants to hear your views. To give your view, please contact felixstowe.forward@eastsuffolk.gov.uk

Please Note: A PSPO is already in place across Suffolk Coastal in relation to dog fouling.  It is an offence not to clear up after your dog in any public open space, including all of Felixstowe beaches, at any time of the year. The purpose of the proposed dog ban on Felixstowe beach over the summer months is to prevent disturbance to other beach users from uncontrolled dogs in the most popular areas during peak tourism times.

For more information on PSPOs, see: http://www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/community/anti-social-behaviour/public-space-protection-orders/

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