Rules to tackle booze, bad behaviour, seagull and dog problems in East Devon are renewed

Rules which crack down on bad behaviour, seagulls and dogs in East Devon have been extended for another three years. 

Council chiefs have renewed a trio of Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) aimed at helping make the district ‘a clean and safe place to live in and visit’.

They include a seasonal dog ban on sections of beaches in Exmouth, Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Seaton and Beer – and also bar anyone from feeding seagulls on their seafronts.

Another is used by Devon and Cornwall Police to curb antisocial behaviour and boozing in the centres of Exmouth and Sidmouth.

It prohibits the consumption of alcohol, urination in public, aggressive requests for money, or intimidatory behaviour.

Areas covered by the order include The Esplanade and Market Place in Sidmouth and the Strand, the Magnolia Centre, the Station car park, Manor Gardens and The Plantation in Exmouth.

A third PSPO details a long list of 180 areas where dogs must be walked on leads or where they are excluded from.

Anyone found breaking the rules faces an £80 fine.

First introduced in the summer of 2017, the PSPOs have now been extended until May 2023.

A six-month review and consultations with the public and town and parish councils have seen ‘minor amendments’ made to the rules.

Areas of the dog bans on beaches have been extended down to the mean low tide level, while canines have also been barred from an extra 15 children’s play areas.

An EDDC spokesperson said: “Additional areas can be added into the orders during the next three years and it is likely that this might include banning dogs from some more of our sports pitches.

“Adding any new areas cannot be done without a full local public consultation.”

The council says a ‘particularly successful’ control has been requiring all dogs to be on leads on roads and pavements.

The spokesperson added that ‘many’ of the consultation responses included requests for the orders to be renewed as they were ‘effective, and residents did not want to see standards declining’.

Councillor Geoff Jung, EDDC portfolio holder for environment, said: “I’m really pleased on the success of the previous orders, which resulted in our streets, footpaths and open areas being cleaner than for many years, as most of our residents and visitors are doing the right thing, particularly on and around our beaches, because they understand the benefits of these controls.

“The team has worked hard over the past few years to make the PSPOs a success including many initiatives, particularly through the parish and town councils and our local schools.

“I would ask all of our residents to make sure that they continue to help keep East Devon a clean and safe place to live in and visit.”

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