Allow dogs on Southsea Beach in the summer from 9pm to 9am - Change to local by law.

Allow dogs on Southsea Beach in the summer from 9pm to 9am - Change to local by law.

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Gemma Waugh started this petition to Portsmouth City Council

We are a group of dog owners who are residents of Southsea and use the local area daily to exercise our dogs. 

We have become concerned over the ever decreasing green space available over the summers months. With the ever increasing disruptions to Southsea Common created by such events as the Victorious festival, fun fairs, circus, kite festival, travellers, costal defence works, fitness classes and fencing off of areas for geese migration. 

With the decreasing green space available to exercise dogs in the summer months there is also an increasing issue of the space becoming unsafe for both dogs and local wildlife with extensive rubbish being left by the above events including broken glass, dirty nappies and sanitary products, plastic wrappers and food bones, which all are dangerous not only to dogs that are being exercised but also to other wildlife. Often these such items are cleared up by us dogs walkers along with PCC contractors first thing in the morning. 

Currently dogs are not allowed on the beach from the 1st of May to 1st October between Royal Marines statue and Southsea Castle. With this restriction in place and the lack of green space available and the areas of beach by The Beach Club (formally Mozzarella Joes) being unsafe to use. Residents from Central Southsea to the West of Portsmouth city have to either drive, take a taxi or bus to be able to exercise their dog safely either at the Eastney end of the beach or to Bransbury park, this increasing a negative impact on the environment and traffic congestion within the city. 

We are proposing a change in the local by law to allow dogs on the beach between Royal Marines statue and Southsea Castle from the 1st May to 1st October between 9pm and 9am. 

We feel this would allow residents to exercise their dog without disrupting beach users during the summers months. 

In a recent article in The Times written by Chris Haslam on the 20th June 2021, dogs are allowed on 40 out of the 50 top beaches in the UK, all year round. 

By allowing dogs to be exercised on Southsea beach in the current restricted areas would benefits not only the dogs by allowing a safe space to be exercised but also it is well know then mental and physical health benefits of exercising as a dog owner. 

We feel that residents of Southsea who are dog owners are being forgotten about and treated unfairly during the busy summers months of eventing on Southsea Common. 

We would like all residents and visitors of Southsea to continue to use and share the beautiful seafront together without inequity and feel that this proposed change in the by law is fair, reasonable, proportionate and right for the many dog owning residents of Southsea. 

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