Mass 'walkies' as owners protest planned dog control changes in Blackpool

Dog owners are unhappy with proposed changes to the rules on walking dogs in Blackpool
Dog owners are unhappy with proposed changes to the rules on walking dogs in Blackpool

Dog owners protesting at 'woof justice' for their pets staged a mass walk along Blackpool Promenade to condemn proposed new restrictions on public open spaces in the resort.

Up to 170 people gathered on Sunday to show a united front against the council’s plan to update the existing rules that set out areas where dogs must be kept on leads as well as introduce a limit to the number of dogs one person can walk at the same time.

READ MORE: All you need to know about the planned changes to rules on walking dogs in Blackpool
“It was a fantastic turnout,” said one of the organisers, Laura Gilmore, from the Blackpool Orders for Dog Control Action Group.

“It was a show of strength, a united front against the council’s unfair proposals.

“We are responsible dog owners and we have no problem at all if the council targets irresponsible dog owners who let their animals foul or be out of control.

“With these proposals there are now huge swathes of Blackpool where residents will not be able to exercise their dogs.

"It is completely ill thought-out and the council have not given us any information as to why these proposals are needed. In fact they have not even dignified us with a response to our objections.

“But rest assured, we aren’t going away and we intend to keep the pressure up until our case is heard.”

Coun Tony Williams, leader of the Tory opposition on Blackpool Council, said: ‘Its quite clear that this consultation and its proposals is most unpopular with the majority of responsible dog owners in the town.

"This council once again proves they intend to keep on wasting money on non-priority issues. Dogs and their owners need and enjoy the excercise and they should have the space and access to do that.”

Blackpool Council has said no decisions have yet been taken and it encourages as many people as possible to take part in the consultation, which closes on September 25. To have your say, follow this link.