The consultation on proposals to introduce new rules affecting dogs and their owners in public open spaces in Wirral attracted a huge response.
More than 8,500 people completed the questionnaire on a proposed Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) before the July 15 deadline. Council officials were glad to see so many local people passionate about their local area and helping to shape future proposals.
From the start the council made a commitment that if any of the initial plans were overwhelmingly rejected by the public, they would not be taken forward in the final plan.
When the consultation closed it was already clear that the majority of Wirral residents do not want proposals for dog restrictions on small sections of beaches to go forward. As a result Wirral’s Cabinet member for environment Councillor Matthew Patrick has confirmed that beach restrictions will not go ahead.
All other comments and representations that have been received about the ideas are being looked at and will be used to put together a final proposal. Proposals for sports pitches will be analysed on a pitch by pitch basis to ensure any future restrictions are right for residents.
The aim of any new rules that go forward will be to ensure that Wirral’s beautiful open spaces can be enjoyed by everyone, including dog owners and their pets.
Over the next few weeks, all the findings will be looked at in detail before a revised proposal is put together. This will then be put to the ruling Cabinet for a final decision.