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South coast beach ban for dogs proposed

DOGS COULD be banned from beaches across Brighton and Hove during the summer months under council plans.

People are being asked for their views on a total ban in the Sussex resorts from May to September. Dogs are currently allowed on some beaches along the city's seafront.
Brighton council said proposals were put forward after initial consultation with 50 residents and local groups. It said it wanted to make Brighton ‘pleasant and safe’ for people and dogs, but some owners have objected.

Dog owner Alan Towler said the animals were already banned during the summer from the city's ‘most popular and largest areas of beach’, and there was no need for a total ban.
He said: ‘It seems a pointless change to make decent dog owners into outcasts from the seafront.

‘There is precious little space in the city for dogs to exercise off the lead and to make these changes seems wholly inappropriate.’ Mr Towler said he considered the use of the beach and sea as ‘essential’ to his dog's ‘healthy outdoor life’.

Local dog owner Diana Stevens, who breeds and exhibits Labradors under Wylanbriar affix commented: ‘Most dog owners in and around the Brighton area are very sympathetic to the fact that many parts of the country have a total dog ban and walk their dogs at hours of the day where few holidaymakers and sunseekers are present. The problem always is the very few who spoil it for everyone else with their blatant refusal to pick up after their dogs or walk them on sunny days amongst those laying on towels and not appreciating a wet nose and sharp claws all over their slowly tanning back!

‘A total ban is a very sad thought and, like the way the new parking restrictions were slid in the back door by Brighton and Hove council a few years ago, proper consultation has not been undertaken nor the positive comments properly considered.’