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Dawlish News
Dawlish News
24 Oct 2018 20:25

Inconsiderate and irresponsible dog owners in Teignbridge will face £100 fines if they do not pick up after their pooch – and even if they do not have a doggy bag with them.

SEASONAL DOG EXCLUSION AREAS (BEACHES) - an offence for a person in charge of a dog, between May 1 and September 30, or April 1 and September 30, in Dawlish Warren, to take the dog onto, or permit the dog to enter or to remain on, any beach designated as a dog ban area. The beaches are Dawlish Warren, Dawlish Town, Dawlish Coryton Cove, Holcombe, Teignmouth Town, Shaldon and The Ness.

Read more...https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/naughty-dog-owners-now-face-2142696

majorp
majorp
24 Oct 2018 21:16

And so they should. Beach Street at times is dreadful, and you know what? People are walking in it. When you speak to those in charge of the dog, some will just tell you to Feck off. Not only do they not pick it up, some will pick it up and leave the black bag they have picked it up in, on the road. I have seen as many as five of these bags just left there for someone else to take care of.

Carrying a bag to put it in should be as easy as putting on your seat belt, there should be no excuse for taking your pooch out without a bag.

8 Agrees
b.o.liking
b.o.liking
27 Oct 2018 19:22

GOOD Now for the Cats

2 Agrees
majorp
majorp
27 Oct 2018 23:29

Neer seen a cat drop their load on the road or pavement.

3 Agrees
Lynne
Lynne
06 Nov 2018 08:28
Published on 30 October 2018 - New responsible dog ownership PSPO approved
A new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO), aimed at reducing irresponsible dog ownership and
making Teignbridge an even cleaner and greener place to be has been approved by Teignbridge’s
Executive today.
 
The PSPO will protect public parks and open spaces against people who do not pick up after, or
control, their dogs properly. It is planned to be enforced from 1 January 2019.
The recommendations presented to Teignbridge District Council’s Executive Committee took into
account comments by Teignbridge residents who were asked about the proposals to introduce the
PSPO. More than 2,000 people took part in the consultation in 2017 and the information they gave
helped shape the order.
 
There are eight controls within the PSPO, most of which are an enhancement of existing controls.
The three new controls are:
 means to pick up – it is now an offence if a person in charge of a dog does not carry a bag or
other means of clearing up after their dog at all times
 dog(s) on a lead on the highway – it is now an offence if, at any time, a person in charge of a
dog does not keep the dog on a lead whilst on a road or footpaths adjacent to a road
 restricting the number of dogs that can be walked by a person on or off the lead to four
 
Following discussion the Executive agreed to:
 add working dogs to the existing list of exemptions - farm dogs moving livestock on the
highway are not expected to be on a lead
 add cycle paths as a highway
 
The Executive also agreed to bring forward the seasonal dog exclusion area on beaches so it is
consistent along the Teignbridge coast. This means the exclusion areas on beaches will start from 1
April, a month earlier than usual, and run until 30 September. This will be reviewed after 12 months.
 
Anyone seen or found guilty of not observing the PSPO is liable to receive a fixed penalty notice of £100.
Lynne
Lynne
06 Nov 2018 11:30

How will this be enforced? By whom? 

For example, how will it be known (and by whom?) whether or not a person in charge of a dog (or dogs) is carrying pooh bags? Will we also have ad hoc stop and search bylaws for all dog walkers in Teignbridge? 

 

Is this enforced? https://www.teignbridge.gov.uk/media/1617/public-spaces-protection-order-dawlish.pdf 

  

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leatash
leatash
06 Nov 2018 13:40

Maybe they will employ a private enforcement company as other Local Authorities do.

1 Agree
Lynne
Lynne
06 Nov 2018 15:02

I thought local authorities are strapped for cash..........although that said, a bit of research has thrown up this company. Seems they don't charge the local authority anything but cover their costs by way of the fines they dish out.

http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/local-authority-support/

 

Lynne
Lynne
06 Nov 2018 17:17

To answer some of my own questions. It seems that:

The three Community Environment Wardens employed by TDC will undertake the role of enforcement. (Yes, that's right - 3 people for the whole of Teignbridge are to enforce this).

and

investigations will be made to see if the Dawlish water fowl wardens would also be able to enforce these new regs.

 

from: https://www.teignbridge.gov.uk/media/7541/executive-30-october-2018.pdf    

Lynne
Lynne
07 Nov 2018 10:56

If you have concerns/wish to comment about this new Public Space Protection Order then you can make them known to the person shown below. I understand that the matter is still up for debate/discussion and will be on the agenda at the next TDC Overview and Scrutiny committee meeting being held on Monday 19th November where any comments from the public concerning this new PSPO will be brought to the attention of the committee members.

 

David Eaton
Environmental Protection Manager
Environment, Health and Wellbeing
Teignbridge District Council
Forde House
Newton Abbot
Devon TQ12 4XX
Tel: 01626 215064


david.eaton@teignbridge.gov.uk

www.teignbridge.gov.uk/environmentalhealth

  

DEEDOODLE
DEEDOODLE
07 Nov 2018 13:20

In my opinion, just a revenue earner for the council. Why not enforce the orders on The Lawn I am sure you could make a lot more than running all over the district.

majorp
majorp
07 Nov 2018 13:41

They will only earn money if they catch the perpetators, and that to my mind will be difficult as most of it is done under the cover of darkness.

Lynne
Lynne
07 Nov 2018 17:50

On the matter of the three Community Environment Wardens - I've read that they only work Mon-Fri.  

majorp
majorp
08 Nov 2018 10:13

So take your dogs out on Sat and Sun!!!!!!!!!!

leatash
leatash
08 Nov 2018 11:29

You could get rid of the dog.

Lynne
Lynne
09 Nov 2018 18:02
Lynne
Lynne
10 Nov 2018 10:51

See the letters page (71) and also page 3 of this weekend's Dawlish Post. 

One letter is from the Chairman of Teignmouth Traders' Association saying that the proposals would have an adverse effect on trade in the town.

Have Dawlish town centre/Dawlish Warren traders any thoughts on this matter, I wonder?

Lynne
Lynne
13 Nov 2018 13:02

Cllr Prowse: “...............There had been a misunderstanding with the inclusion of Holcombe Beach and the Ness Beach being included in the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) and it had been confirmed that they would not be.”

Cllr Clemens:”.........TDC  Executive. Approval was given for the writing of the Public Spaces Protection Order for the Control of Dogs in Teignbridge. We have long awaited this id Dawlish following the death of numerous black swans. Unfortunately, the decision has been called in so will now be discussed at the next O&S on the 19th November. “

Cllr Wrigley: “..............The recent TDC Executive meeting considered the Dog Controls that Dawlish residents have been calling out for, to help us control loose dogs on the Lawn. Unfortunately, when this went through TDC Executive it contained a number of problems and has been called in for re-consideration. The inclusion of the Ness and Holcombe beaches being one issue, and the extension of the beach ban date to 1st April being another. Concerns about how this PSPO will be enforced have yet to be answered also. After waiting for the best part of a year since this was first discussed, it looks like Dawlish residents concerned about the Black Swans must wait a little longer.”

From minutes of Dawlish town council meeting held 7.11.18 https://www.dawlish.gov.uk/edit/uploads/2530_1397734933.pdf

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