Dog walkers fear they will lose a third of their potential earnings if a newly proposed Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) comes into force by Bromley Council.
The proposals would mean dog walkers with a licence from the council will not be allowed to walk more than four dogs and will be restricted to keeping two of them on the lead, as opposed to the current maximum of six dogs.
Dog owners and walkers in the area have launched a petition asking for members of the public affected by the rules to fill in the consultation questionnaire and to make a complaint to the council to prevent the regulations from coming into force.
Dog walkers have warned that the plans could confuse pets who are used to going out with a dog walker and other dogs on a regular basis, while dogs which are kept on the lead will be getting less exercise.
In addition, dog walkers could be forced to either let down some of their customers to oblige to these new restrictions or extend their working hours, which may not be possible in the winter months, according to the petition.
The new proposals will be valid for three years if confirmed, with the council having launched a five-week consultation period before making a final decision.
Bromley has recently been rated as the “best place to live in London for green space”, according to the the London Borough Index by Essential Living.