Have your say on dogs in Dorset's public spaces

Have your say on dogs in Dorset's public spaces

Published by George Sharpe at 12:01am 26th January 2020.

Dorset Council wants your thoughts on where dogs should be allowed in public.

A twelve week consultation into plans to standardise rules around dogs in public places across the county starts today.

Weymouth and Lyme Regis might not be treated separately from other spaces, if new plans go ahead. 

Dog owners in Weymouth have fought to extend the time dogs are allowed on the whole beach. They claim it will help boost tourism. At the moment, only a small part of the beach near the Pavillion end is open to dogs year round.

dog on weymouth beach

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 people hold very strong views on the topic and we aim to reflect a balanced and fair perspective within the new Order."

The consultation's running until midnight on 19th April 2020 and you can give your views here.

Paper copies of the survey can be obtained at any one of Dorset Council's libraries.  The survey can be made available in other formats and languages by calling 01305 252472.