New dog walking rules are announced for East Devon as owners ignoring bans or on-lead laws are told they face a fine increase of £100

Penalties have increased for dog owners spotted breaking beach bans and on-lead laws across East Devon.

Owners seen walking pets on beaches where dogs are banned, or failing to keep them on a lead in specific public places, now face being fined £100 by the district council.

The penalty increase is in addition to several changes across the district, where the council has identified areas where dogs can be walked, or are banned.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) said the rules regarding dog walking had changed after three years, following a public consultation.

As a result of the consultation, EDDC has ruled:

  • Jacobs Ladder Beach in Sidmouth now permits dogs off-lead year-round, with a mandatory on-lead requirement in designated areas, including in front of the beach huts and along the esplanade adjacent to the beach between Jacobs Ladder to the last access ramp onto the beach at the turning circle.
  • A seasonal dog exclusion area in Sidmouth on the beach located between Jacobs Ladder and the access ramp opposite Sidmouth Sailing and Sea Angling Club.
  • Beer Beach’s eastern section now allows dogs off-lead throughout the year, with a seasonal dog exclusion area in the western part, extending from Sea Hill to the cliff edge, excluding access to the beach café.
  • Seaton’s beach walkway between Castle Hill and Trevelyan Road now enforces a year-round dog on-lead requirement.
  • Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton maintain their existing seasonal dog exclusion areas, with on-lead requirements along the esplanades of all beaches.

Across the district, additional changes include:

  • A new dog exclusion area covering the All Hallows Rugby pitches and the removal of the dog on-lead requirement at the Glen in Honiton.
  • A dog on-lead requirement within the food and drink outlet space and a dog exclusion area at the event space (rear) of Queens Drive in Exmouth.
  • Dog on-lead requirements at Kilmington playing fields and a dog exclusion area in the Kilmington playpark.
  • A dog on-lead requirement within the car park and boatyard at Axe Yacht Club, Axminster.

The fixed penalty notice for breaches across the district has increased to £100.

A full list of EDDC dog laws, along with an interactive map, can be found here.

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