Rules banning dogs from cemeteries, beaches and playgrounds published by council – Isle of Wight County Press

RULES banning dogs from cemeteries, beaches and playgrounds have been published by the Isle of Wight Council.

A public consultation will be launched on proposed Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs), which are aimed at preventing anti-social behaviour by prohibiting certain activities, such as dog fouling or drinking alcohol.

Providing it is not challenged, a delegated decision to launch the consultation will be made by October 31 the first stage in the process to introduce the regulations.

Consultations have already taken place with stakeholders such as town and parish councils.

The PSPOs published yesterday (Thursday) include banning dogs from 49 Island cemeteries, playgrounds and beaches and Medina College in Newport. Dogs must remain on their lead at37 areas including Wootton Recreation Ground, St Helen's Duver and Prince's Green, Cowes.

The delegated decision notice includes a warning that 'draconian' policies have proved unpopular. Itstates: "It should be noted that draconian implementationof these provisions has drawn negative, sometimes national, press therefore any provisions must be carefullyconsidered and be a fair and proportionate response to evidence."

The PSPOs will replace powers set out in existing legislationincludingDog Control Orders (DCOs), dog fouling,and dog exclusion zones.

The orders include restrictions onanti-social drinking in parts of East Cowes, Sandown and other areas.

A six-week consultation has been proposed, following which the orders could come into force in May.

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