Dogs on Cornish Beaches - a compromise
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I live close to Portreath in Cornwall and have for many years been irritated by the incredibly ridiculous rules enforced upon local dog owners. The ban at Portreath runs from the variable Easter Sunday to the END of September, and during that time you cannot go on the beach until after 7.00pm. Another local beach at Porthtowan is worse with total ban from Easter Sunday to the end of September, so I, and I am sure, many others, simply NEVER go there, ever!!
Outside of school holidays, the beach at Portreath is near empty. Yesterday (7th June) I counted 8 people on the beach at 4.45pm
I believe there needs to be a simple compromise;
1) The banning times could remain DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS ONLY
2) The ban dates should start when the School Easter Holidays start but end on 1st September
3) The ban time should start at 10.00am and end at 5.00pm.
That way, families have the beach to themselves for 7 hours during the school holidays.
I am local and live here for 52 weeks per year.
I am not a holiday maker who visits for a week or two. However holiday makers with dogs are also affected and may choose to go elsewhere, thereby affecting the local economy.
Dog owners are unfairly penalised.
One complaint is always relating to dog poo. However, all I can say is those who will not pick up dog poo on a beach will not pick it up anywhere....so its not a good argument. Beaches are spoilt by rubbish, nappies, discarded used bbq's, bottles and tins and guess what, none of that is caused by my or any dog.
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