Notice of a delegated decision was issued on Friday morning advising of the introduction of PSPOs across the Isle of Wight. From this notice it was clear that dogs would not be banned from the Island’s beaches year-round – instead, the existing rules would simply be transferred across under a new order, with some additions. Despite this, it was reported elsewhere and through social media groups that dogs were being banned completely.
Council officials have now issued a statement to clarify what is happening.
PSPOs will replace a range of powers introduced by previous legislation, including Designated Public Place Orders (DPPOs), which relate to anti-social drinking and Dog Control Orders (DCOs), which place restrictions on dog walkers in certain locations. The orders relate to dog fouling, dogs on leads and dog exclusion zones and areas related to anti-social drinking.
The council will consult on:
• where dogs can access beaches and areas where dogs should be on a lead in public parks;
• areas where dogs should be excluded, including young children’s play areas and selected beaches during the summer months only (the current position which has been in place over 10 years)
• a new proposal to restrict dogs from cemeteries.
Councillor Tig Outlaw, Cabinet member for community safety and public protection said:
“It is unfortunate that the intention to launch a consultation is being incorrectly reported, as it will be a sensitive issue to many people.
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“It has been suggested the council has already decided to ban dogs from every public space — this is incorrect. The new orders are currently only draft and many of them already exist under previous legislation.”
“During the consultation, we will make it very clear what dog control orders are proposed (new public spaces protection orders) and where. We shall explain why and how they differ from Dog Control Orders already in force.
“The period of consultation will last for at least six weeks as stated in the report. All results from the consultation will go back to members before any final decision in the new year.”
Beaches where dogs will be banned for the summer months:
- Colwell Beach
- Cowes Beach
- East Cowes Beach
- Freshwater Bay
- Gurnard Beach
- Ryde Beach
- Sandown Beach
- Seagrove Beach
- Shanklin Beach
- Springvale Beach
- Ventnor Beach
- Yaverland Beach
Area where dogs will have to be kept on a lead:
In addition to a ban from dogs entering all playgrounds and cemeteries, it is proposed that dogs must be kept on leads in a number of locations across the Island.
- Binstead Recreation Ground, Ryde
- Church Litten Park, Newport
- Clatterford Recreation Ground, Carisbrooke
- Colwell Common, Totland (between Colwell Road and Colwell Common Road)
- Coronation Gardens, Ryde
- County Ground, Shanklin
- Downside Recreation Ground, Furrlongs, Newport
- East Cowes Esplanade
- Keats Green, Shanklin
- Gurnard Green off Princes Esplanade, Gurnard
- Mornington Green/Woods, Cowes
- Park Road Recreation Ground, Northwood
- Prince’s Green, Cowes
- Puckpool Park, Seaview
- Rylstone Gardens, Shanklin
- Salisbury Gardens & Seabreeze Playground Ventnor
- Seaclose Park, (inc. Arboretum) Fairlee Road, Newport
- Seaview Recreation Ground
- St Helens Green, St Helens
- St Thomas’s Rest Gardens, Ryde
- Stroud Recreation Ground, Freshwater
- Totland Recreation Ground, Totland
- Venner Avenue Open Space, Northwood
- Ventnor Park, Park Avenue, Ventnor
- Wootton Recreation Ground, Wootton
- Wroxall Football Ground
- Bleak Down area
- Roud area
- Chillerton area
- Arreton – Lane End area
- Godshill – Moor Farm area
- The Duver, St Helens
- Newtown Nature Reserve
- Ryde Seafront (Zones 1-4)
If the decision to consult is agreed, opportunities to contribute will be made widely available, including via the council’s website.