How you can Help
If you have got this far you probably share our aims - which are to persuade Fylde Council that they should modify their proposals for a PSPO for dog control in a balanced way that takes account of the needs of the whole community. This page contains ideas of how you can help this to happen.
- Join our Facebook Group
- Come Walk with us ...
- Get Signatures on our Petition
- Contact your Councillors
- Spread Awareness
Those of you that use Facebook can apply to join the FB Group Fylde Orders for Dog Control Action Group. You can read comments from others opposed to the PSPO and contribute your own.
Existing Facebook users should be able to get to the group by clicking on the FB logo below. You will need to apply to join the group.
Fylde Responsible Dog Owners Friendly Protest Walk 5 March
Our third protest walk took place on Sunday 5 March from Lytham Windmill down to Fairlawns on a very rainy and windy day. Despite the weather we had a remarkably good turnout which shows the strength of feeling against the proposed PSPOs.
Brian Hurst once again kindly filmed interviews with a number of people and you can view them on YouTube by clicking on the link below:
Fylde Responsible Dog Owners Friendly Protest Walk 8 January
Our second protest walk took place on Sunday the 8th of January - from the car park next to the Beach Terrace cafe, along the green, and around Fairhaven Lake
It was a great success with probably more people attending with their dogs than on the first walk on 11 December. Once again, as expected, it was a pleasant experience for everyone with lots of friendly people and dogs. People were invited to sign a petition (see further down this page) and many passers-by asked what was going on. Some even joined the walk after we explained what it was all about. A surprising number of local people are still unaware of the PSPO proposals and were appalled when told about them. The Press were in attendance and there was good coverage in the local newspapers.
Brian Hurst kindly filmed further interviews with people in attendance. You can view them on YouTube by clicking the links below:
Fylde Responsible Dog Owners Friendly Protest Walk 11 December
This was the first walk and took place on Lytham Green. It was attended by about 400 dog owners and up to 600 dogs. It was a peaceful event that showed the depth of feeling of dog owners and attracted a great deal of attention from the media with coverage on local radio stations and BBC North-West tonight.
You should be able to view the NW Tonight item by clicking below. Try not to laugh at Sarah Wilson's quote about dogs vandalising children's play equipment though as that would be unkind. We are taking bets on it being a couple of chihuahuas on crack cocaine wot dun it. We aim to add more photos and videos later.
And here is our own video with additional interviews, kindly produced by Brian Hurst of Brian David Films:
Facebook users can get to the events page by clicking on the FB logo below.
There is no specific closing date for our petition so there is time to print it and try and get as many as possible local people and visitors to sign it - we want to show the council that this is not just an internet campaign. Particularly as having an internet survey and minimal publicity for alternative ways of taking part have disenfranchised many people. This is another way they can express their views.
The results of the consultation have been published, and you can see full details on our Consultation page HERE. Few of the Council proposals were well supported by responders, although the Council would have you think otherwise. Further details about Council discussions of the results and how we completely disagree with their interpretation of them can be found on our Working Group page HERE.
The Council has conceded that further consultation is needed and may come up with amended proposals that will need to be voted on by Councillors. It is important that Councillors, including Parish and Town Councillors, are contacted with your views.
Names and email addresses of all Councillors and Parish Council officials can be found on our Links page HERE.
Despite the publicity in newspapers and on television, a lot of people - particularly in the outlying parts of the Borough - are still unaware of the Council's proposals. Please continue to make your friends and other dog owners aware of what is proposed and how responsible citizens will be affected if these proposals go through. You can help by sending them a link to this website or pointing them at our Facebook group.
Speak to other people walking dogs when you are out - the more people that know about what is proposed the better.
Put one of our posters in your car or house window. We have them in both landscape and portrait format. Download a copy to print by clicking on the image below.