Council Adopts New Dog Control Policy
20 November 2003
Changes to the Christchurch City Council’s Dog Control Policy were
ratified at today ’s Council meeting.
From today, dog owners will not be allowed to take their dogs
on to Sumner Beach between Gollans Point (commonly known as Mr Whippy
and Cave Rock during the summer months of daylight saving. The
area from Gollans Point to Shag Rock will be available for leash free
although dogs will have to be under effective voice control.
Dogs will also have limited access to the area from the surf
club at New Brighton to a point 100 metres south of the pier.
also apply to the areas 100 metres either side of the surf
clubs at Spencer Park beach, Waimairi beach, North Beach and South Brighton
8am and 8pm, during the summer months of daylight saving, dogs
will only be allowed in these areas for the purpose of passing
and will have
to be on a short leash.
“These changes have been made to improve hygiene and safety standards
in popular Christchurch beach areas during the summertime,” said Councillor
Sue Wells, chairperson of the Council’s Regulatory and Consents Committee. “Most
beach areas will still be available for dogs to enjoy. The new summertime
restrictions apply to just 1.2 kilometres of more than 19 kilometres, between
the Waimakariri River mouth and Southshore Spit.”
A number of ecologically sensitive sites have also been added to the Policy’s
list of public spaces, where dogs are prohibited or required to be restrained. “These
regulations are designed to protect birds in important wildlife areas from
being disturbed or harmed by dogs,” Cr Wells said
The amended policy includes the requirement that dogs not be allowed within
one metre of children’s play areas in parks. The public must be further
consulted on this section of the policy before it can be made legal. Dog
owners and the public were given the opportunity to comment on all proposed
changes to the Dog Control Policy earlier this year.
The new policy is available from the Environmental Services Unit, Civic
Offices and on the website www.ccc.govt.nz/policy Signage, pamphlets and
advertising will also be used to inform people of the changes.
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