PEOPLE are being urged to have their say over where and when dogs should be allowed in Dorset’s public spaces – including beaches.
Dorset Council has launched a consultation over a new dog-related Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO).
The PSPO identifies where, when, and how dogs can use green spaces and beaches, with the current order set to expire at the end of the year.
The consultation is a chance for 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 rules.
The council said the PSPO is in place to protect human health, with dog fouling in particular having the potential to cause toxocariasis – a nasty infection that can lead to dizziness, nausea, asthma and even blindness or seizures.
The order gives protection to public spaces used for a range of activities including sports fields, playgrounds and beaches.
Cllr Laura Beddow, portfolio holder for culture and communities at the council, said: “As a dog owner myself, I know how important it is to exercise your pup responsibly. There are an amazing variety of places to walk dogs, without the need to use public spaces where children and families spend time.
“The consultation will gather information from dog and non-dog owners, residents and visitors and other organisations such as town and parish councils. All this information will be considered to make the new PSPO.”
The consultation started on June 14 and will finish on August 25. The consultation can be found at https://consultation.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/consultation-and-engagement/proposed-dog-related-public-spaces-protection-orde/
Paper copies will be available in Dorset libraries, or on request by calling 01305 221000.
The final recommendation for the new PSPO will be considered by Dorset Council’s Place and Resources Overview Committee and Cabinet.