Consultation over dogs on beaches extended

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This photo is for illustrative purposes only and does not represent dogs involved in specific incidents in Lyme Regis

A PUBLIC consultation on regulations regarding dogs in public spaces has been extended until next month. 

The consultation on Dorset Council’s Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs), which includes regulations for dogs on beaches, has been extended by three weeks to ensure those who were unable to obtain a paper version of the consultation from libraries or the council offices can do so.

Dorset Council recognises that these premises were closed due to the coronavirus pandemic and wants to give those that could not attend due to self-isolation or shielding to be able to do so by contacting them directly.

This is a consultation on rules about dogs in public spaces and will help with the development of the new Dorset-wide PSPO. The consultation is a chance for people – residents, business owners, organisations and visitors – to have their say on where and when they think there should be restrictions on dogs in public places, including beaches. It will also cover topics such as fouling and lead length.

Cllr Tony Alford, Dorset Council Portfolio Holder for Customer, Community and Regulatory Services, said: “These orders are to make sure that everyone – with or without dogs – can safely enjoy public spaces.

“We want to hear a wide range of views from as many people as possible. We know that some people hold very strong views on the topic, and we aim to reflect a balanced and fair perspective within the new order.”

The subject has become one of the mostly hotly debated topics in Lyme Regis over the past year.

Under the current PSPO, dogs are not allowed on Lyme Regis front beach – including the sand and shingle – from May 1 to October 1.

Until May 1 dogs continue to be allowed on all Lyme Regis beaches without a lead, but after this date they are usually confined to Church Cliff, East Cliff and Monmouth beaches. However, during the current lockdown, Dorset Council has said it will not enforce restrictions.

Lyme Regis Town Council has appealed for dogs to be banned from the sandy beach and Cobb Gate shingle beach all year round, but a well supported petition was launched to argue against this.

The consultation will now remain open until Tuesday, May 12 and is available online at www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/dogspspo

To have a paper copy of the survey and the maps of the areas it covers, call 01305 251010. This can be emailed to you or on your request posted and should be returned as promptly as possible to ensure your comments are included.

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