The thorny question of whether dogs should be kept on leads in certain areas of the town has raised its head again – with the council now asking for the publics views on a range of measures which could be implemented
In recent months, the Council has introduced a number of Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs). These have been largely to replace existing byelaws across the district.
However, apparently a number of communities, through their Town and Parish Councils, have now asked them to consider introducing additional dog controls within their areas.
So, before Suffolk Coastal makes any decision on this issue, it is asking for the views of local people through a 6-week public consultation – which ends on Friday, 21 December 2018.
In total, four new PSPOs are being suggested for Felixstowe.
The new controls relate to:
- Dogs on leads within Martello Park
- Dogs on leads on Felixstowe Town Hall Gardens
- Dogs on leads on Felixstowe Seafront Gardens
- Exclusion of dogs from Langer Park children’s play area (NB. This purely covers the area of Langer Park, where the swings and other play equipment is – not the whole park!).
“This is not about Suffolk Coastal District Council wanting to bring in draconian restrictions on dogs or their owners. We are carrying out this consultation in response to local communities asking for additional controls in specific areas to allow everyone to enjoy the amenities,” explained Cllr Steve Gallant, Suffolk Coastal’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Community Health.
“Suffolk Coastal is a dog friendly district and we recognise that most dog owners are incredibly responsible about where they walk their dogs, and cleaning up after their pets. However, the local communities feel there are certain areas where dogs should be controlled and kept on leads.”
“We have a legal duty to consider these requests and also consult with the wider public, before making any decision. I would encourage people to take this opportunity to have their say on these draft proposals, so we can make our final decision based on a clear consensus of public opinion.”
Full details of the proposals are here: https://www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/environment/environmental-protection/animals/dog-control/public-space-protection-orders/
Or you can write to: PSPO Consultation, c/o Environmental Protection, Suffolk Coastal District Council, East Suffolk House, Station Road, Melton Suffolk IP12 1RT
Your comments should reach us by no later than midnight on Friday, 21 December 2018.
All consultation responses will be given due consideration by the Council before any orders are made. The final decision will rest with the Suffolk Coastal District Council and will be scheduled for consideration at a Cabinet meeting after the closure of the consultation period.
If you require any further information or have any queries related to this matter, please contact or write to us using the details given above.