Allowing dogs into the Beacon in Eastbourne is barking mad

From: Trevor Harvey Sancroft Road, Eastbourne

I know that dog owners can become quite irrational where their canine friends are concerned, but I fear that the director of the Beacon has truly taken leave of his senses (Eastbourne Herald, Friday October 22).

Mr Roberts proposes that dogs, which already cause enough nuisance in other public spaces, are now to be allowed into our town’s shopping centre.

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This is apparently intended to make The Beacon ‘inclusive’, but seems more likely to exclude people who don’t like having dogs near them.

Eastbourne town centre/The Beacon SUS-200615-115306001

Some, especially small children, are even fearful of dogs, due to a previous bad experience.

If Mr Roberts proceeds with this bizarre idea, must we now expect to meet Labradors in Sainsbury’s, spaniels in Marks and Spencer’s Food Hall and terriers in the narrow aisles of Boots?