Dog restrictions in public places to be reviewed

Lowestoft High Street. PHOTO: James Bass

Lowestoft High Street. PHOTO: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

The public spaces where dogs must be kept on leads is to be reviewed this month.

East Suffolk Council have called on residents across the district to have their say on a new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO), which is set to replace the existing PSPO introduced by Waveney District Council in 2017.

Councillor James Mallinder, cabinet member for the environment, said: “East Suffolk is a dog-friendly district and we recognise that most dog owners are responsible about the impact their dogs can have on others and the environment.

“Keeping your dog on a lead means everyone, with or without a dog, can enjoy spending time in public spaces.

“As always, we would remind dog walkers to make sure they clear up after their dog and dispose of the waste in the nearest litter bin.”

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The order requires dogs to be kept on a lead in all cemeteries, churchyards and burial grounds in East Suffolk, as well as on London Road North, High Street, Triangle Market Place, the Britten Centre and Market, Queen Elizabeth II Place and the Great Eastern Linear Park in Lowestoft, Exchange Square in Beccles and the Thoroughfare in Halesworth.

The order also applies to The Green at The Street, in Lound and all sports grounds, fields and pitches at the western part of Beccles Common next to the north side of Common Lane, adjacent to the east side of the railway line, and adjacent to the northern and southern sides of The Avenue for its entire length.

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The list of areas was compiled following a public consultation in 2002, and repeated in 2017, with the latest consultation to be held in a bid to check the restrictions remain representative of the views of residents.

Responses will be considered by the council with the cabinet meeting after the closure of the consultation period.

The consultation closes on Thursday, May 21, with responses to be sent to or in writing to PSPO Consultation, East Suffolk Council, 4 Canning Road, Lowestoft, NE33 0EQ.

Details of the PSPO and how to comment can be found at:

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