Fight Unfair Dog Restrictions in Southwark
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Southwark Borough Council has initiated a consultation aiming to use Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) to introduce blanket restrictions on dog owners across the borough, including woodland areas much loved and used by people with dogs all year round.
Blanket restrictions target everyone. They criminalise responsible dog owners for simply wanting to give their pets proper exercise.
If they are brought into law, these orders will have a severe impact on families and the elderly, who will struggle to walk to other spaces. Removing the regular users of the areas will make them unsafe and will attract crime.
The Council’s consultation was poorly publicised and the document itself was highly flawed and misleading. The survey was not ‘one person, one vote’ as there was no limit on how many times an individual could respond - how can this be acceptable?
If Southwark Council succeeds in imposing blanket restrictions on these areas, other open spaces will become much busier and parks are likely to become the council’s next target.
People have kept dogs as pets for centuries. The controls will negatively affect the daily lives and wellbeing of many vulnerable residents. The consultation completely overlooks the positive impact that dogs have on everyday life. Isn’t it time Councils acknowledge the joy these family pets bring into our lives and communities?
1. Southwark Council should acknowledge that blanket restrictions will deeply impact the daily activities and wellbeing of a majority of responsible dog owners, including the more vulnerable members of society.
2. Southwark Council must recognise the positive impact dog ownership has on keeping these spaces safe and populated all year round.
3. There is little justification for the severe restrictions outlined in the proposals. They should be reconsidered by the Council and existing laws enforced.
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