More than 6,700 had their say on proposals to ban dogs from Sunderland’s beaches during the summer months

Sunderland City Council have revealed that more than 6,700 residents across Wearside took part in their consultation which could see dogs banned from the city’s beaches during daytime in the summer months.

Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 5:58 pm

Sunderland City Council has been holding a consultation on its Public Spaces Protection orders, which included proposed amendments to rules around dogs on beaches during the summer months.

The council has revealed that more than 6,700 people took part in the consultation, which looked at various issues with the local environment and offered proposals on how it could be improved.

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More than 6,700 Sunderland residents took part in the consultation which could see dogs banned from the city's beaches during the summer months.

People were asked to choose between three alternatives that would cover the whole of both Roker and Seaburn beaches from May 1 to September 30 – with pets banned from all beaches between 9am and 6pm, allowed on the beach at all times, but only on a lead, or to keep the rules as they are with exclusion zones in place.

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Leader of Sunderland City Council, Councillor Graeme Miller, has outlined the next stage of the process, highlighting that residents’ feedback will be taken onboard.

Cllr Miller said: “I’d like to thank everyone who took the time and the trouble to take part in our consultation on plans to strengthen city wide enforcement powers.

"We really value our residents’ opinions and it’s brilliant that more than 6,700 people came forward to share their views.

“What came across loud and clear in our Let's Talk consultation last year, in which more than half the city’s population took part in, was that the environment is a top priority for our residents, with calls for more enforcement action as they want to live in a clean and green city.

“The next stage involves carefully studying the findings of the survey and the feedback we’ve had from residents before taking any decisions on updating the current restrictions or introducing new measures."

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