Bexhill and Dogs


Bexhill and Dogs

The Council has to change the local legal restrictions for dogs in Bexhill. During this technical change there is an opportunity for you to have your say. This consultation closed at 9 am, 19 June 2017.


Rother District Council has to change the dog control orders.

This consultation closed 9am, Monday, 19 June 2017. 

In its place will be a new public space protection order. 

The Council has to make this technical change from one sort of order to another order because the law is changing in October.  The ability to make dog control orders will be repealed (removed as a law).  Dog control will have to move into public space protection orders.

There are three areas that the new public space protection order will cover:

  • Dog fouling (you must clean up after your dog) - currently banned on all roads, paths, verges, car parks, pedestrianised areas, cemeteries, beaches and seafronts, parks and recreation grounds but not banned in woods and fields
  • Dogs on leads only - currently in Egerton Park and Manor Barn Gardens, the Prom and Metropole/Jubilee Lawns from 1 May to 30 September every year
  • Dogs are banned - currently from bowling greens, enclosed play areas, school sports fields, flowerbeds in parks, Bexhill cemetery, walled garden at Manor Barn, and the western part of Bexhill beach from 1 May to 30 September.  NOTE: This does not include Barrack Road's former cemetery, which has been a park or recreation ground for many years. We propose to remove the reference to the Barrack Road cemetery from the new order.

You can read the detail in the existing dog control order below.

This was the perfect opportunity to check with Bexhill residents and affected groups and organisations whether the order still covered the right things in the right places.  We proposed to copy the dog control order, as it stands, into the public space protection order.  The only exception was to delete the reference to Barrack Road cemetery, which has been and will continue to be treated as a park or recreation ground.  It was your chance to comment on what we proposed, if you agreed or not, and suggest any changes.  

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We had just under 300 responses.  Analysis is taking place and a more detailed report will be added.  In the meantime, we can say that most people who responded agreed with the Council that the new public space protection order should be the same as the old dog control order.  With, of course, no longer counting Barrack Road as a cemetery. 

Please note, the Council never proposed a change to dogs using the Polegrove.  Some local people reported they had been told by other residents the Council planned to ban dogs from the Polegrove.  The Council would prefer to continue with the current arrangements at the Polegrove.

Proposed word icon Map of Bexhill Public Space Protection Order 2017 [603kb]

Our existing dog control order is: 

Dog Fouling

Any land within the administrative area of Rother District Council which is open to the air, including covered land which is open to the air on at least one side and to which the public are entitled or permitted to have access (with or without payment) of the following descriptions:

(a)       Any highway, footways, footpaths, twittens, promenades, steps and towpaths within the area of Rother District Council and any adjoining verges or ornamental areas, which are maintained at the public expense.  This may include some areas of access land.

(b)       All pedestrianised areas within the Rother District Council.

(c)        All Parks, Gardens, Recreation and Sports Grounds, Commons, Amenity Areas of other open spaces owned, occupied or maintained by or on behalf of any of: Rother District Council, East Sussex County Council, Hastings Borough Council, a registered social landlord/housing association, any town or parish council within Rother District, any other public authority or any charity.

(d)       Any cemetery, burial ground or churchyard.

(e)       Any public car park or parking space.

(f)        All beaches and dunes.

Exempted Land: Any woodland, marsh or agricultural land and any Access Land as defined in Part I of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.

Dogs on Leads in Designated Areas

Part A (all year)

Bexhill - Egerton Park and Manor Gardens

Part B (1 May to 30 September)

Bexhill - The Promenade (between Groynes 34 and 78) and the Metropole Lawns


Specification of times or periods during which the offence is to apply.

The Order applies to the land designated in Part A of Schedule 1 all year and the land designated in Part B of Schedule 1 between 1 May and 30 September.

Exclusion of Dogs from Designated Areas


Specification/description of land, or lands, to which the Order applies

Part A (all year)

Bowling Greens

Enclosed Children's Play Areas

Sports and Playing Fields under the control of educational establishments

Ornamental Planted Areas of Public Walks and Pleasure Grounds

Barrack Road Cemetery, Bexhill-on-Sea     [We proposed to delete this cemetery from Part A Schedule 1because it has been a park or recreation ground for many years.]

Bexhill Cemetery, Turkey Road, Bexhill-on-Sea

Walled Garden at Manor Gardens, Bexhill-on-Sea

Part B (1 May to 30 September)

Bexhill Beach between Brockley Road and Sea Road.


Specification of times or periods during which the offence is to apply.

The Order applies to the land designated in Part A all year and the land designated in Part B between 1 May and 30 September.

The Order, above, is what we proposed and would continue in the new public space protection order.


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