In scenes of dog-whistle politics which councillors recommended (8:7) that Cabinet withdraws its unpopular Dog Control Public Space Protection Order proposals?

In scenes of dog-whistle politics which councillors recommended (8:7) that Cabinet withdraws its unpopular Dog Control Public Space Protection Order proposals?

Committee Rooms 1 and 2 were full of members of the public to hear and see what happened Wallasey Town Hall Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee 15th January 2019

In scenes of dog-whistle politics which councillors recommended (8:7) that Cabinet withdraws its unpopular Dog Control Public Space Protection Order proposals?

                                    

Committee Rooms 1 and 2 were full of members of the public to hear and see what happened Wallasey Town Hall Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee 15th January 2019
Committee Rooms 1 and 2 were full of members of the public to hear and see what happened, Wallasey Town Hall (Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee) 15th January 2019

Councillors on Wirral Council’s Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee in a sensational 8:7 vote, voted in favour of a Conservative amendment proposed by Cllr Chris Blakeley to recommend that Cabinet withdraw its proposals for a Dog Control Public Space Protection Order.

Earlier at the start of the meeting, in a discussion on moving the public meeting to the Civic Hall, the Chair Cllr Tony Jones had suggested ending the Council’s webcast for the rest of the meeting, yet had to smile when a dog interrupted him howling sadly at his suggestion.

The proposal for a Dog Control Public Space Protection Order was consulted on last year and has attracted opposition from the public and two large five-figure petitions such as this online petition with at time of writing 18,047 signatures opposing it. The Cabinet Member for the Environment responsible at the time last year Councillor Matthew Patrick resigned as a councillor in October 2018. The new Cabinet Member for the Environment is Cllr Anita Leech.

As you can see from the photo used above, both Committee Rooms 1 and 2 were full with people and it was standing room only as people wanted to see and hear what happened at the public meeting.

Speaking at the meeting in favour of introducing the proposals was Wirral Council employee and dog owner Mike Cockburn (who also talked through a number of at times hard to read Powerpoint slides). Speaking against was Robert Wilkinson on behalf of a large number of people opposed to to the Dog Control PSPO.

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Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Wirral Council) 15th January 2019 Dog Control Public Space Protection Order Part 1 of 5

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Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Wirral Council) 15th January 2019 Dog Control Public Space Protection Order Part 2 of 5

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Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Wirral Council) 15th January 2019 Dog Control Public Space Protection Order Part 3 of 5

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Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Wirral Council) 15th January 2019 Dog Control Public Space Protection Order Part 4 of 5

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Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Wirral Council) 15th January 2019 Dog Control Public Space Protection Order Part 5 of 5

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