Dogs may not be welcome at Sandbanks

The Sandbanks television programme did not do much for the area’s reputation. It was not a rounded picture with no mention of the ferry, St Nicholas Chapel, the excellent year round 150 bus service or the shop. It even ignored famous past long stay visitors such as wireless pioneer Guglielmo Marconi and Beatle John Lennon.

However, warmer winter weather is bringing increased numbers of visitors who don’t like dogs or dog mess. At present dogs must be kept on a lead on the promenade and off the beach along the Poole seafront from Sandbanks to Branksome Chine only in summer.

Now there is a plan to ban dogs from the promenade at the Sandbanks end all year. Poole Council is conducting an informal consultation of beach users over the next eight weeks with views going to the environment overview group.

About Leigh Hatts

Leigh Hatts is an experienced walker and has known the local coastline since childhood. He is the author of many successful walking guides.
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