Wirral Council is starting a six-week consultation process with local residents to gather their views on a proposal to introduce new regulations around the control of dogs in public areas.
A proposed Public Space Protection Order would give the council more powers to enforce action and regulate the control of dogs in public spaces.
Between 1st May to 30th September each year, dogs would not be allowed in defined areas of the beach that would be clearly signposted as dog free zones.
The ban includes beaches West Kirby, Wallasey, Meols, Moreton, New Brighton beach and Birkenhead Park.
There are many more proposed sites for dog Control Orders where dogs would need to be under control by a lead and for the owner to clean up after thier dog, such as childrens play areas and picnic areas.
Wirral is a great place to own a dog, but a small number of owners don’t play by the rules. We’re proposing new controls to protect responsible owners and improve our public places for everyone. What do you think?
— Wirral Council (@WirralCouncil) June 5, 2018
The areas that would be under a Public Space Protection Order can be found here.
The full list of sites that would be under Dog Control orders can be found here
Cllr Matthew Patrick, Cabinet member for Environment, said: “Wirral is a beautiful place to live and work, but we know from listening to residents that a small minority aren’t playing their part in helping keep it that way.
“Our proposals will make Wirral a nicer place for all families. Wirral has acres of beautiful beaches; there is more than enough room for dogs and families to enjoy.
“I am pleased that these proposals have been developed following discussions with local groups, looking at the main dog-related issues locally and drawing on best practice from areas that have already introduced controls.”
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