CONSULTATION LAUNCHED ON CHANGES TO ALCOHOL ZONES AND DOG CONTROLS

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Plans to update dog and alcohol controls across the Island go out to consultation today (Wednesday).

New legislation means the Isle of Wight Council and police officers will be gaining new powers to control antisocial behaviour – such as drinking alcohol in public – and dog fouling.

In the past, Dog Control Orders and Designated Public Place Orders have been separate pieces of legislation, but on the Island, as in the rest of England, these are now to be combined in the new Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs). The new orders will allow police officers and the council to continue protecting the Island’s beaches and public open spaces for locals and visitors to enjoy.

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Many of the rules which have been in place for the past 10 years will remain unchanged under the new PSPOs.

The consultation will seek to confirm these existing arrangements and seek residents’ views on a number of amendments. These mainly concern:

• dog exclusion zones within fenced children’s playgrounds
• dogs on leads in cemeteries
• dogs on leads on some rights of way

No new dog exclusion orders are proposed for beaches — the existing orders would simply migrate over to the new PSPOs. Parks and open spaces with no fenced children’s playgrounds are not affected.

One notable change in Ryde is the extension of the alcohol control zone to include Ryde Sands. Currently, drinking is permitted on the beach but under the proposed changes the exclusion zone will extend out to sea. Meanwhile, in East Cowes, the controlled area is being reduced as is the case in Lake

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The consultation will last for 8 weeks with an online survey and opportunities to participate by emailing, in writing or at community drop-in sessions. After the consultation, all the comments that are made will be considered before any decision is made.

The final decision to agree the new order, with any changes included, will be made by the council’s Cabinet in April.

Councillor John Hobart, Cabinet member for the environment and heritage, said:

“Most of the council’s beaches welcome dogs all year round, and I have no intention of changing that.

“The way information on the proposed orders was circulated last year caused a lot of concern and emotion within the community. This was a shame, because most of what was proposed was simply migrating the existing orders into new ones.

“There is not, and never has been, any proposal to change overall dog controls on beaches as a part of these new orders and it is disappointing that some people even now are claiming otherwise.

“Dog owners should be reassured that these proposals are needed to move existing orders to the new legislation, with the only proposed changes relating to cemeteries, fenced children’s play areas and some rights of way.

“The intention of dogs on leads in certain areas is about the safety and the enjoyment of the general public. To ensure areas are safe and clean for everyone to use, we have to be strict about asking dog owners to keep their dogs under control and to pick up after them.

“Most people are very responsible when walking their dogs and are happy to keep to these simple rules and we thank them for helping us to maintain pleasant green spaces for all to enjoy.”

Have your say by completing the survey here.

The consultation closes on 15th April 2020.

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Bob Frapples
Bob Frapples
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I think I’ll move to North Korea

Kev
Kev
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It would be nice if they could shut the barking dogs up, all day long every bloody day except when it’s raining .the owners have no discipline.

Grumpy Old Git
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You want to come round our way, 1:00 in the morning. Certain people think it is fine to put their dogs out to do their business and let them bark their heads off when everyone is trying to sleep.

Dontstart
Dontstart
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Same could be said for kids and the like of you my old china!!

SickOf It
SickOf It
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Why do articles like this always say that most owners are responsible with their dogs?? Just walk around Sandown & Shanklin and convince yourself of that.
Dog mess on every street.
That’s before you have the inconsiderate lazy neighbours who let their dogs bark away in their gardens all day.

M brown
M brown
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This is absolutely rubbish I’m a dog owner care of the community too I have a baby rottweiler loves to say hello to everyone but carry at at least seven poo bags ….not all pop from dogs it can be foxes too unless you see it don’t assume it dogs all the time granted some of it is and if you see it video it name and shame

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