From skateboards to speed limits, Timaru council is looking at its rules

Dog-walkers in winter at Caroline Bay. The Timaru District Council's dog control bylaw - which state dogs cannot be ...

Dog-walkers in winter at Caroline Bay. The Timaru District Council's dog control bylaw - which state dogs cannot be walked on the beach in summer- is under review.

The Timaru District Council is reviewing everything from skateboard rules to cemeteries to dog control in a new bylaw review, and is calling for public feedback. 

Cultural and recreational facilities, parks and reserves, beaches and tracks, and traffic speed limits are also coming under review.

A survey is up on the Timaru District Council website asking people for feedback on the council's policies. 

A council spokesman said "anything and everything" was up for discussion, but he predicted the rules around dog owners on Caroline Bay beach would generate debate.  

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"We've got a particularly strong community of dog owners, that's always of interest to people." 

The council created its bylaw outlining rules around dog access to the popular beach in 2013

"They're allowed there in winter on the tidal area, but not in the summer." 

Council parks and recreation manager Bill Steans said last year the walking of dogs through the park was an ongoing issue which recurred periodically.

Caroline Bay Association president Warren Barker said there were always one or two dogs running around at Christmas time, but usually dog owners listened when association members told them they were not allowed to walk their pets on the beach. 

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Timaru Penguins coordinator Peter Bennett said the dog rule was really for children and swimming, but it did work out well for the colony of little blue penguins which made the bay their home in the summer months. 

In the winter there were "no big issues" with dogs on the beach, Bennett said. 

However in the past some residents have sought to have them completely banned from the beach, with one resident saying dog owners were walking their dogs in prohibited areas of the bay, including through the park and along the boardwalk.

Speed limits in the centre of town could also potentially come up for discussion, with the bylaw setting out which roads have 20km, 30km, 40km and 50km limits.

 - The Timaru Herald

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