Posts Tagged ‘dogs on beach’

the overused PSPOs …

October 31, 2016

… and their effect on dog walking .

31 OCT 2016 — I learned this morning (from Radio Solent, when I was doing A Bit about our ‘walking dogs on the beach’ issue) that we in Weymouth are not the only ones with increasing problems with where we may walk a dog and under what conditions. Over 2000 anti-dog (for want of a better word) Orders have been enacted since the government brought in Public Service Protection Orders (what used to be bylaws) and encouraged councils to use them. This is resulting in what Laurence Herdman of Radio Solent this morning called ‘ASBOs for dogs’, such as we are now contending with. Here is a link to some info about PSPOs: https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/sep/08/pspos-new-control-orders-public-spaces-asbos-freedoms

The Kennel Club are getting involved, because cutting down, drastically, year after year, on where people can walk their pets is not, actually, healthful. Having a dog and walking a dog both have proven health benefits, which councils (not just ours) are ignoring in their rush to stop everybody doing everything everywhere.

This may become a national issue. Watch this space!

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Every dog has its day

October 29, 2016

Weymouth dogs’ day is tomorrow. When dog people will, hopefully, be cramming themselves into our little ‘doggie’ bit of Weymouth beach to show our displeasure at the change to the dates when we may walk our dogs along the whole of the town beach unrestricted. The Change.org petition I started about this (see post below) has over 900 signatures as of this morning! There is considerable local feeling about it. Local press and radio have picked up on it. My dulcet tones may be heard on Radio Solent on Monday morning at 7 a.m., reporting back on how our dog day afternoon went. This is not an hour of the morning I am familiar with. I’m just hoping that my brain will accompany my body to the OB studio that is to be parked somewhere beside Weymouth Pavilion.

We have already ‘scored’ the opportunity to present our case to the full council meeting on 19 January next year.

Tomorrow’s beach meeting is between 2 and 4. If you are local do please come. Bring your dog if you like. Definitely bring a camera! And whoever and wherever you are, wish us fine weather, please.

Here is one of those on whose behalf we are campaigning. Who could deny him?

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Zak: beach: ball: bliss