Dogs could be banned from part of Southwold beach

Southwold beach on Bank Holiday Monday.; Photo: Andy Darnell; Copy:; For: EDP; Archant © 2010 (0160

Southwold beach on Bank Holiday Monday.; Photo: Andy Darnell; Copy:; For: EDP; Archant © 2010 (01603) 772434 - Credit: Archant © 2010

Dogs could be banned from a portion of the beach in Southwold and dog walkers may have to keep their pets on leads on the promenade.

The proposals outlined by the town council are aimed at making the beach more 'family-friendly' after complaints made by some residents.

There will still be a large designated section where dogs can be walked on or off their leads.

Michael Ladd, a town councillor and Waveney district councillor for Southwold and Reydon, said: 'The whole drive is to make things a lot simpler. Dogs will be allowed on any area of the promenade as long as they are on a lead, they are just not allowed on the sandy beach.'

The current Dog Control Order ban is only enforced during the summer season, which has led to some confusion for visitors and residents.

Mr Ladd added: 'It is about zoning the beach and sharing it. It is not anti-dog.

'It is more a case of making certain that everyone can use the beach in a safe and friendly manner.

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The new Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO) came into law last year and are used largely to prevent anti-social behaviour.

The proposals are still up for consultation, but if they do come into force, it would be the first such order made by Waveney District Council, on behalf of the town council.

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