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Hundreds protest against beach dog ban

Tuesday November 1st 2016

More than 200 people have staged a dog-walking protest over the extension of the time period their pets are banned from Weymouth beach.

Dogs were not allowed on the beach from May to September but, under new council rules, the ban now lasts from Easter until the end of October.

More than 1,000 people have signed a petition to have the changes revoked.

Weymouth Borough Council says nearly 1,700 people responded to a public consultation about the changes with around a quarter of people wanting a year-round ban.

However, protesters claim 63% of respondents wanted the dates to remain unchanged.

Judi Moore, who started the petition, told the BBC: "I do not see how dogs on the beach are an evil nuisance now when they were a welcome adjunct to the town's attractions last year.

"I think not to allow dogs is a retrograde step. This is the English Riviera, not the Mediterranean. Nobody is going to be sitting on the beach in bare feet and a swimming cossie in April and October - it's not sane."

Councillor Richard Kosior , chairman of the council's Policy Development Committee, said: "We would like to reassure the public that the correct information from the consultation results was taken into account when the Policy Development Committee made a decision to extend the ban."

This article was written on behalf of helpucover. helpucover is a trading style of Pinnacle Insurance plc, an insurance company who offers Pet Insurance.

Copyright Press Association 2016