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Consultation on proposed Public Spaces Protection Orders in Eastbourne

From 24 July to 10 September we carried out a public consultation on proposed Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) in Eastbourne.

PSPOs are measures that councils can put in place to protect the community from anti-social behaviour. PSPOs put conditions or restrictions on what people can do within a specific area if there is evidence to suggest that a problem exists. Breaching a PSPO can attract a fixed penalty notice or result in prosecution.

The proposals we consulted over included changes to the scope of Dog Ban and Dog on Lead Orders.

Key findings from the consultation

  • 1,211 people responded to the consultation.

  • Five responses were from organisations and community groups.

  • The largest proportion of responses were received from people living in Old Town (Downside, Motcombe and Ocklynge) 23.52%, and Sovereign (Langney Point, North Harbour, South Harbour) 15.26%.

  • 73% of respondents disagreed with the proposal to introduce a Dog Ban order on the beaches between the Wish Tower and Holywell Café from May 1 to September 30.

  • 83% of respondents agreed with the proposal to add the public walkways around Sovereign Harbour Marina all year round to the Dog on Lead order.

The full consultation report which includes a summary of feedback received can be downloaded below.

Next steps

The consultation report was submitted to the Lead Member for Community Safety and Director of Service Delivery for consideration when making the decision on whether the proposals should be included in the scope of the final orders and whether any other amendments should be made.

Decisions made following the consultation

The Director of Service Delivery, in consultation with the Lead Member has confirmed that, having had full regard to the public consultation feedback, the following orders would be authorised, to commence on 20th October 2017:

Dog on Lead PSPO

This is a combination of the council’s existing Dog Control Order for Dogs on Lead and the following addition:

  • The public walkways around Sovereign Harbour Marina all year round. 

Dog Ban PSPO

This is identical to the existing Dog Ban Dog Control Order. This PSPO shall not include the proposed amendment consulted on, namely the beaches between the Holywell Café and Wish Tower.

Following these decisions the final orders will be enacted and communicated to residents.

A copy of the final orders will be available on our website soon.

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