Dogs not forgotten in recommendations to Council
22 October 2003
Dogs will still have vast tracts of Christchurch beach to enjoy if the
Christchurch City Council decides tomorrow to adopt the recommendations
of its Dog Control Working Party.
Following consultation with dog owners and the general public, the committee
is recommending that dogs be prohibited from part of Sumner Beach during
summer and restrained on a short leash in the most popular parts of other
Under the current Christchurch
City Council Dog Control Policy, dogs are
only allowed through these areas from 1 November to 30 April, if they are
on a short leash.
“The recommended changes would make the rules clearer to dog owners
and improve the safety and hygiene of local beaches for everyone who uses
them,” said Christchurch City Councillor Sue Wells, chair of the Dog
Control Working Party.
The changes would mean that during the months of daylight saving dogs would
be banned on Sumner beach between Cave Rock (in the east) to 100 metres
to the west(known as Mr Whippy corner). Dogs would be able to exercise freely
from Mr Whippy Corner to Shag Rock
Dogs would be allowed on all other beach areas, off a leash, except for
the following parts, where they would be required to be on a short
leash for the purpose of passing through:
- 100 metres either side
of the Surf Clubs at Spencer Park beach,
Waimairi beach, North Beach and South Brighton beach.
- the area
from the Surf Club at New Brighton to a point 100 m south of
the Christchurch Pier.
“The length of beach from the Waimakariri River mouth to the Southshore
Spit covers just over 19 km. We are suggesting that the movement of dogs
be restricted in only 1.2km of this area during six months of the year,” Cr
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