A total of 49 beaches, cemeteries and playgrounds have all been added to a list of places where dogs are to be banned, although beaches will still only carry a summer season ban – as has been the case for 10 years.
37 other locations have been listed as ‘dogs must be kept on a lead’ areas including Prince’s Green in Cowes, St Helen’s Duver and Wootton Recreation Ground.
A public consultation is to be launched on the proposed Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs), which could come into effect on May 2020.
PSPOs are designed to combat antisocial behaviour such as dog fouling and drinking alcohol by prohibiting certain activities. Existing legislation such as Dog Control Orders, dog fouling and exclusion zone will replace these powers by the new PSPOs.
As well as the proposed banning of dogs in certain areas, the orders also include restrictions in other parts of the Island for anti-sociable drinking.
A petition has launched by Amber Taylor-Wilcox to stop the council from implementing this ban.
The petition says;
“I am asking for all Isle of Wight residents and our much needed tourists to sign this petition. The Isle of Wight council are trying to bring an act into play, where dogs will be banned from 49 public spaces including our much loved beaches and cemeteries!
“We pride ourselves on being a dog friendly island! I’m sure we all have family who have dogs that visit loved ones graves. Or enjoy a nice stroll along the beach in winter and a hot drinks to warm you up at the local beach huts that get steady business throughout the year thanks to dog walkers!”
Are you against the banning of dogs on Isle of Wight beaches, cemeteries and playgrounds?