Now that we have changed clocks, which means no Mudeford ferry, walkers will be using the winter route between Southbourne and Mudeford.
This involves crossing Stanpit Marsh which is currently subject of a draft management plan. The public consultation has revealed a very strong wish to restrain dogs from running freely.
It looks as if, after further consultation with residents, the byelaw requiring “proper control” will be changed to an enforecement of having all dogs on leads.
Dog walkers may not like this but Christchurch Council has a duty to preserve precious Stanpit Marsh, a detached section of the old New Forest, which has horses and cattle as well as migrating birds.
See page 60.