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THE coun­cil should re­mem­ber when join­ing in to vil­ify dog own­ers that around a quar­ter of all tax­pay­ers own dogs.

This is of course a great way of not ad­dress­ing the real is­sue which is an over­all lack of space.

All re­cent ar­gu­ments boil down to lack of space.

In more for­ward-think­ing towns in the UK they have ‘off lead’ ded­i­cated spa­ces.

How about des­ig­nat­ing some new, dog-friendly ar­eas as a bal­ance to the pro­posed re­stric­tions?

It prob­a­bly is too late to do this in South­port as it is so overde­vel­oped, but if you get fed up of so many dogs in your park or on the beach blame the coun­cil and town plan­ners, not dog walk­ers.

Dogs are good for phys­i­cal and men­tal health as well as re­duc­ing blood pres­sure.

Dogs, as much as peo­ple, en­joy a good run and need space to in­ter­act with other dogs to learn cour­tesy and man­ners. A whole life on a lead is cruel to sug­gest.

I hope I’m proved wrong and in­formed of all of the ‘off-lead’ ar­eas that I don’t know about in South­port.

See you there. Liz Pal­men via email

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