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Dorset Council has launched a 12-week public consultation on rules about dogs in public spaces.

It says this will help with the development of the new Dorset-wide dog-related Public Spaces Protection Order.

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.

Councillor 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 survey will run from Friday 24 January 2020 until midnight 19 April 2020.

People can find the consultation survey here www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/dogspspo.

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. The survey will be promoted through the council’s print and digital channels.

In December 2019, the existing Orders of former West Dorset, East Dorset, and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council Orders were extended to 31 December 2020. This was to maintain public safety by allowing time for the public consultation and implementation of a new Dorset-wide Order to take place without the expiry of those current orders.

To see more information about this and the work of the Dog Wardens go to: www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/environmental-health/dog-warden-service

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