Residents of Telscombe and East Saltdean have met on Telscombe Tye to demonstrate their opposition to Telscombe Town council imposing a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) on Telscombe Tye.
The Public Spaces Protection Order will mean a dog owner found walking their dog off the leash on the Tye would be committing a criminal activity and face a fine.
Telscombe Town Council have not asked the community if they want a PSPO but have instead gone ahead with plans to introduce the order.
Telscombe Town Council have used the justification to introduce the PSPO from the The farmer, Tim Armour (who sits on Telscombe town Council) who alleges that 81 sheep died from dog attacks in 2017.
After repeated requests by local residents to Telscombe Town Council asking to see evidence backing up Mr. Armours allegations residents are yet to see any evidence from the council to prove that the sheep died from dog attacks.
Defra say the most common causes of deaths are infectious diseases, congenital diseases, exposure and starvation, predators and misadventure, lack of flock management and husbandry.
Tim Armour was convicted of 15 counts of neglecting livestock in 2001 in “one of the worst cases” an RSPCA officer had ever seen. The animal charity said it found emaciated sheep and under-fed pigs with maggots eating some of the animals alive.
Sussex Express article 2001
In a recent Argus article the farmer Tim Armour accused dog owners of “exercising their dogs and letting them kill sheep.”
The Argus have reported and residents have concerns that a conflict of interest exists as Tim Armour, the Farmer who is paid by Telscombe Town Council to look after the community flock on the Tye, is also a councillor on Telscombe Town Council.
Argus article 6th October
Residents told 'No'
In a recent meeting at Telscombe Town Council local residents asked questions to the council regarding their decision to keep a community flock which had made a loss in 2017 of £506.49...
“have you ever consulted the residents as to whether they want a community flock?”- the answer by Andy Smith (Telscombe Town Councillor and Leader of Lewes Council) was “No.,”
“will you consult the residents as to whether they want a community flock” and the answer given was “No.”
Andy Smith is a Telscombe Town Councillor and is also the Leader of Lewes Council who are soon to impose the PSPO without giving residents the option to object.
What can you do?
Local residents are angry at the current situation and have created an ePetition calling for the council to Extend the consultation period for the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) on Telscombe Tye to address the communities concerns
Local residents want a choice to say NO! to the PSPO as currently there is not an option on the Lewes District Council Survey to do this. The only 3 options on the survey are how to implement the PSPO, not if the community wants one.
The ePetition can be found here…
Telscombe Tye East Sussex County Council ePetition
HAVE YOUR SAY!
Time is running out as the Lewes District Council survey ends on the 23rd of November, so we would ask you to tick the ‘strongly disagree‘ box next to all three options on the survey.
Click below to see the survey:
Lewes District Council have given us the email address below in order for local residents to object to the PSPO so we ask you to send an email to the council setting out your reasons as to why you object.
You can see some reasons we believe it's right to disagree with the PSPO by clicking the button below:
Reasons to OBJECT (CLick)
How many incidents of sheep worrying/attacks have you personally witnessed since 2016? We have chosen that period as the council have now moved the goalposts and given the farmer’s figures for that period in the document attached to the consultation on their website.
Please describe whether the alleged dog attacks in that period have had a detrimental effect on the quality of your life and any comments you have to refute the fact that your quality of life is being affected because that is what LDC is telling us is happening !
Please describe what you have witnessed on the Tye regarding the state of the sheep and the general way they are managed by the farmer e.g. provision of water/ shade in the heat and shelter in the cold, particularly at lambing time.
Any personal experiences of/ interactions with the farmer.
Please include any alternative suggestions you may have of keeping the sheep safe. eg. electric fencing that can be moved around similar to that at Beacon Hill and Sheepcote Valley; taking the sheep off the Tye more regularly; using effective methods of communication (utilising social media and TTC’s website) to tell dog walkers when the sheep are or are not on the Tye.
Please comment on how appropriate you feel the suggested alternative dog walking sites are.