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Dogs allowed on Deal Pier under Dover District Council's new Public Spaces Protection Order

By Eleanor Perkins

Dogs will now be allowed on Deal Pier under the council’s new Public Spaces Protection Order.

The news has been heralded by dog owners who campaigned against an unpopular consultation at the end of last year which could have prohibited Man’s Best Friend from many places.

Deal Dog Community, founded by dog owner Steven Colburn, is delighted with the council’s decisions.

Organiser of the meeting Steven Colburn with his dogs Pheobe and Ianto in their orange bandannas.
Organiser of the meeting Steven Colburn with his dogs Pheobe and Ianto in their orange bandannas.

He said: “All the things we’ve fought for, we’ve kind of got. It was a long time coming.

“The Pier is just unbelievable. It’s an added extra. We’re going to do something to mark it.”

The orders replace outdated legislation relating to fouling and dog control affecting those in Deal and Walmer, St Margaret’s and Dover.

Many previous rules still apply, meaning dogs must be kept on leads at all times on the promenade and off the beach between May and September between 9am until 8pm, from Sandown Castle to Deal Castle.

Deal Pier
Deal Pier

They are banned from a number of children’s play areas and cemeteries, except for some, like St George’s and St Leonard’s in Deal, which are no longer used. (See online for full list.)

Dogs must be kept on leads on Walmer Green from May 1 to September 30 between the hours of 9am and 8pm.

The new Order gives powers to PCSOs to instruct a person responsible for a dog to put and keep it on a lead.

Any breach could now result in a fine of £75 instead of £50, or up to £1,000 upon prosecution if refused.

It comes into force on July 27. The laws are very similar to those enforced in Cornwall and Thanet.

Mr Colburn, who is also responsible for the amendment regarding Walmer Green, added: “It’s just a great way to promote Deal.”

A spokesman said: “The proposed Public Spaces Protection Order (Dover District Council) 2015 was discussed and agreed, with amendment, at this week’s Cabinet and Scrutiny (Policy & Performance) committee meetings. The minutes of the meetings will be available in due course. The Order will be published on the DDC website in due course.”

See www.dover.gov.uk for full details.

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