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Consultation shows support for tougher dog measures in Blackpool

Blackpool Council is looking to introduce a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) ‘as a matter of urgency’, following a 10-week consultation that revealed the majority is supporting it.

The consultation received more than 1,400 responses and asked residents and visitors to give their opinions on a number of topics, including dogs on leads near bodies of water.

Results showed that 83% of respondents agreed with dogs having to be on leads near council-owned water features.

The PSPO introduction follows the death of two swans at Stanley Park, believed to have been caused by dogs not on leads.

A report to the committee said: “The problem of most concern which was reported by respondents as ‘dogs off-lead’ focussing on the impact to wildlife, the behaviour of irresponsible owners and those dogs approaching other dogs, children and adults.

“Comments from a significant proportion of respondents have asked for better enforcement including CCTV, more park wardens and better police presence.”

Councillor Lynn Williams said: “It is clear that the majority of people are in support of this restriction so we are looking to introduce it as a matter of urgency.

“We have agreed to work together to join forces in addressing this matter with engagement events. We will use our trailer unit at the park, with dog walkers and the general public to consider all opportunities and possible actions including informative signage in appropriate areas.”

Blackpool Council’s Environment Scrutiny Committee is being asked to support the proposed PSPO when it meets on 15 November.


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