NEW RULES TO CONTROL DOGS AGREED BY COUNCIL
The Council of the Isles of Scilly has agreed to adopt a Public Spaces Protection order to place controls on dogs in certain areas.
The decision, taken at the meeting of Full Council on Tuesday evening, follows on from the recent public consultation where 129 completed questionnaires were received from residents.
The PSPO, which replaces a number of what the Council described as ‘out of date byelaws’, means that it is now a criminal offence if owners do not keep a dog on a lead in specified places, fail to clean up after their dog or allow their dog to enter specified land from which dogs are excluded.
The order continues the seasonal exclusion of dogs from Porthcressa Beach, Porthmellon Beach and Old Town Beach (from 1 May until 30 September inclusive).
There are also permanent exclusion areas at Parade Park, Five Islands School MUGA pitch, and playing field, the skate park in Old Town, the Garrison playing field, tennis court and children’s play area, Porthcressa children’s play area, St Agnes MUGA Pitch and Primary School green, Bryher MUGA Pitch, Community Centre and children’s play area, and the enclosed tennis courts on St Martin’s.
A ‘dogs on leads – designated streets’ rule is now effective from the hours of 8am to 6pm during the tourist season 1 May until 30 September inclusive and includes a requirement for dogs to be kept on leads in designated church grounds.
The designated streets are The Bank, Hugh Street, Silver Street, Lower Strand, The Strand, Church Street and Well Cross.
There are also restrictions in designated bird breeding areas whereby dogs must be kept on a lead at all times between 1st April and 30th September.
Restrictions are in place in parts of White Island, St Helen’s, Tean, Northwethel, Bryher, Samson, Gugh and the Eastern Isles.
A recent report by the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust stated that there was ‘acknowledged research and anecdotal evidence that dogs entering breeding bird colonies causes ground nesting birds to flush from their nest sooner and stay away longer’.
It is also now an offence to fail to put a dog on a lead when directed to do so by an Authorised Officer.
Members also pledged to reintroduce more bins around the islands to assist with the removal of dog faeces.