DOGS will continue to be allowed to roam freely at an Isle of Wight beach, if councillors follow a recommendation next week.
Isle of Wight Council officers have recommended councillors reject a proposed amendment to the Dogs on Leads Order 2008, which would have required dogs to be kept on leads at St Helens beach.
At the request of St Helens Parish Council, which received complaints about dogs taking food from children and knocking a man over, the Isle of Wight Council asked Islanders whether dogs should be kept on leads during the summer at The Duver and the promenade.
The council’s executive will hear on Monday that nearly 60 comments were received — 22 in favour of the changes and 36 against, including a 246 signature petition.
The committee report stated: "The consultation has revealed the public does not support the view of amending the dog order in this area.
"Representation has been made by many people, who would wish to continue to exercise their dogs as they currently do in the area."
If the dog control order is made, people who let their dogs roam free could be fined up to £1,000.
At last night's (Thursday) Isle of Wight Council scrutiny committee meeting Cllr Wayne Whittle questioned the value of the consultation, which was commissioned despite only a handful of complaints.
Scrutiny chairman Cllr Geoff Lumley has called for Cllr Luisa Hillard, who has overall responsibility for the issue, to provide information about the cost of the consultation.