MP launches petition against Southend beach dogs ban

The MP for Rochford and Southend East has launched a new petition to relax the summer dog beach ban in Southend – but needs the help of residents to make it happen.

James Duddridge MP hopes to change the current rule which bans dogs from the town’s beaches between May 1 and September 30.

Instead he wants dogs to be permitted on the beach during off-peak hours all year round.

The campaign forms part of James’ new six-point plan for Rochford and Southend East, including more funding for the police, NHS and schools.

Mr Duddridge said: “Southend’s wonderful coastline should be accessible to everybody who works, visits or lives here.

“We are a town of dog lovers and our pets are just as much part of the family as anybody else.

“Dog walking comes with a whole host of benefits. It increases a person’s physical activity, helping improve both their physical and mental health.

“That’s why I am calling on Southend Borough Council to relax the current summer ban and permit dogs on part of the beach during non-peak hours.”

Those in support the idea can sign the petition by visiting jamesduddridge.com/dogs

Mick Ferris

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