Can we compromise on dogs using beach?

dog on beachI HAVE read your recent articles about council enforcement officers being abused by some dog owners.

Firstly, I will say that no council employee should be subjected to abuse of any kind whilst doing their job.

Secondly, I would like to give people an insight to why a lot of people are complaining about the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) on the front beach.

Before this was brought in, people could walk their dogs off lead only during the off season, which dog walkers were happy with.

When the PSPO came in it changed it so that dogs now had to be on lead in the off season and dog owners are pointed towards Monmouth, Church Cliff and the back beach for off lead exercising.

The problem with this is people with mobility issues, families with very young children in pushchairs are unable to use these beaches, as there are either steep steps or it is rocky.

I did write to Dorset Council and they confirmed that the alternative beaches are not suitable for disabled people to walk their dogs.

So, many Lyme Regis dog walkers are now going further afield to beaches where they can allow their dog off lead, also people who used to visit Lyme are not coming at all, this means any money they would have spent in this town is now lost.

All I am asking is that Lyme Regis Town Council find a compromise to the current situation; maybe allow dogs off leads at certain times during the off season or just go back to the way it was.

Richard Daw
(by email)

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