A protest march along Wirral’s coast on Sunday saw 200 people demonstrate against the Town Hall’s plan to ban dogs from the area, as part of the ‘Public Spaces Protection Order’.
Organised by ‘Wirral Good Dogs’ – a Facebook group that has grown in response to the plan – the march from Leasowe Lighthouse to Wallasey included dog owners, dogs, children and local councillors.
Organiser Amanda Lancaster said: “I was incensed when I found out about this proposal and felt that I had to do something to get a message to the Council that this was not acceptable.
“Why should we responsible dog owners be penalised because a small majority don’t control their dogs. It really is appalling what the Council are intending on doing, it will have a dreadful effect on people's health, both mentally and physically.and dogs health of course and all the dog friendly restaurants/pubs will suffer.
“The turnout for this protest was amazing and it sends a clear message that the Council have got this wrong. I urge people to complete the Council survey and contact their Councillors for support.”
The Town Hall’s plan, if implemented, will see dogs banned from areas in Wallasey, West Kirby, Hoylake, Meols, Moreton, Leasowe and Birkenhead Park.
Local councillor Steve Williams, who attended the protest with colleagues Chris Blakeley and Bruce Berry, added: “The Dog Ban Plan will penalise responsible owners, while doing nothing to tackle the problem of dog fouling in many residential roads.
“This weekend’s march showed the strength of feeling over the Town Hall’s plans – many of the people taking part are genuinely upset that parts of the Borough will become no-go areas, to be enjoyed only by the few, not the many.”
“In the last 12 months, more than 7,300 fixed penalty fines for littering have been issued by Kingdom Security but barely 200 for dog fouling in our streets.
"Labour’s Dog Ban Plan doesn’t make sense – the Town Hall should be doing more to tackle the problem of dog fouling on our streets and grass verges.”
The Town Hall’s consultation on the ban runs until 15 July and can be found here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/KX8GVP7