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Canvey councillors consider changing canine coastline controls

Posted by: David Howells  Date: 03/09/2013   Category: Latest News

New rules could soon be brought in at Canvey beach to ensure all dogs remain on a lead when out walking with their owners, echo-news.co.uk reports.

Canvey Island is a popular spot for tourists and dog walkers alike, with visitors able to walk their dogs for miles along the coastline. Some locals, however, have complained that the current legislation – which actually prevents dogs from being let off the lead between the Concord and Labworth cafés – is being routinely ignored.

To combat this, locals have called for new restrictions to be put in place that will provide greater policing but also ensure that respectful owners who keep their pets on a dog harness aren’t unduly punished because of the actions of a small minority.

Initial proposals have set out plans for more well-publicised restrictions on allowing dogs off the leads during summer months. Another suggestion included providing a designated dog walking beach where owners could let their pooches off the leads without fear, all the while doing so away from the popular tourist haunts.

Currently, options are being considered before they are presented officially to Castle Point Council, which has the final vote.

Commenting on the issue, town and borough councillor Peter Grieg told clactonandfrintongazette.co.uk: “As a dog owner myself, I think they should be kept on a lead, especially during the summer.

“The beaches have been packed over the holidays and when you’re on the beach, the last thing you want is dogs running around, especially when kids are playing, as they could easily get frightened. I certainly hope this is the course of action we will be taking.”