What you have told us

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What you have told us

A summary of what residents are saying in response to the consultation.

The comments below were received between 7 June and 13 June 2017.  We have received 267 completed responses by 13 June.  Thanks go to everyone who has taken part so far.

We would like to thank those respondents that pointed out that the land at Barrack Road is a park or recreation ground (amenity space) and not a cemetery and it should not be included in the dog banning section of the new public space protection order.  The Council agrees and has always treated and enforced that location as an amenity space since its change from a cemetery.  Dogs are free to use Barrack Road and we were not proposing to ban dogs in the future.  Our proposal has been updated and 'Barrack Road cemetery' will not be in the dog ban section of the new order.  This is a good example of how public consultation can help the Council.

We have been told that some residents are concerned that other residents told them the Council has proposed to ban dogs at the Polegrove venue.  This is not the case. The Council's preference has always been to continue with the current arrangements and not change access for dogs. 

Dog fouling - you must clean up after your dog

Comments include -

  • Little Common rec is covered and many of the coaches have to clean up before sporting events.
  • I think that all areas that the public use should be areas that fouling is not aloud to be left.  I think that intruding more dog bins is a must as there are only bins in main areas where children play. We need them dotted around estates as well to encourage people to pick it up.
  • Dogs on leads SHOULD BE ALLOWED in the cemetery, as long as owners take poo bags to clear up any mess, of course.  I feel strongly that dogs should be allowed there.
  • Many dog owners clean up after their dog, place the deposit in a small plastic bag, then LEAVE/drop the plastic bag and contents, typically next to wherever they have parked their car!  The beach and promenade extension to both the east and west of Cooden beach hotel are examples.  One solution might be more, (many more) dog pooh bins, plus much more signage; a leaflet campaign, local radio/newspapers publicity and perhaps mailshot with dog licence correspondence.
  • On the spot fines when possible Bad owners are the problem not the dogs.

Do you agree or disagree with what others have to say?  Have your say in response. Bexhill and Dogs

Dogs on leads in designated areas

Comments include -

  • Dogs on long running leads can be as much as a nuisance as free dogs.  As a visitor to Bexhill prom. my dogs on short leads were continually hassled by others on running leads held by owners who thought it was Ok to let their dogs irritate my two rescues who were nervous. Fights could easily occur or children upset while the owner has minimal control. I love dogs and think they should have fun but be controlled in public places.
  • I think the downs, little common rec and all of the woods should be dogs on leads.
  • I agree that these areas should have dogs on leads when they are being used I however feel that after 7pm they are not being used the same so doesn't really warrant a lead unless the owner knows there dog is a bit aggressive
  • Dogs on leads all during the year on the prom and Metropole gardens.
  • There needs to be tighter controls when walking dogs in areas where children are playing or families eating.  Having witnessed children being terrified by a dog jumping at them whilst they were playing ball and numerous picnic ruined by dogs walking over the picnic area and sniffing or eating the food I feel It is unacceptable behaviour and people should exercise more control on their dogs.  I'm sure they wouldn't find it acceptable if our children rambled over their picnics and started eating their food or dribbling all over it!

Do you agree or disagree with what others have to say?  Have your say in response.  Bexhill and Dogs

Exclusion of dogs - places where dogs are banned altogether

Comments include -

  • We don't want our dogs excluded most of us pick up after them it's the few that don't making it bad for others.
  • Dogs are generally ok in most places it is the owners that need educating. I do agree about play areas and cemeteries though. Both my dogs have gold good citizens awards maybe that should be promoted in places where dog owners could see it and enter their dogs. Good citizen dog exams are graded and run by the kennel club with local testers. What do you think?
  • All then into more pubs and restaurants
  • I think that sports fields should have dogs excluded if they are off the lead, on lead not such a problem unless it is a public function. Cemeteries don't see way they can't enter on a lead. There should be a bin provided and signage as there doesn't seem to be much around.
  • Dogs SHOULD BE ALLOWED IN CEMETERY AS LONG AS ON LEADS as pets can really help bereavement loss and can feel peace with loved ones.

Do you agree or disagree with what others have to say?  Have your say in response.  Bexhill and Dogs

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