Please Don't Ban Dogs from Lyme Regis's Beaches

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We the undersigned would like to request that the Lyme Regis Sandy Beach and Cobb Gate Shingle Beach remain accessible to dogs accompanied by their loving able bodied and disabled owners, during the off peak seasons in Winter and Spring (1 October to 30 April).

To ban all dogs, and in consequence their loving dog owners, is discrimination against the majority of loving dog owners who do clean up after their dogs, who keep their dogs regularly treated for worms, fleas and ticks, ensure their dog is fit and healthy and well trained.

Many of Lyme Regis businesses rely on tourism, and loving dog owners who come to visit the town in the Winter and Spring months with their dogs due to the current accessibility to the Sandy Beach and Cobb Gate Shingle Beach do so because Lyme Regis is so dog friendly, with many shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants allowing well behaved dogs in their establishments. Take away the ability for visitors with dogs to use the Sandy Beach and Cobb Gate Shingle Beach during the Winter and Spring seasons and the town risks removing Lyme Regis as one of the top destination for visitors with dogs. 

Many of Lyme Regis’s loving dog owners residents and visitors are retired and have limited mobility or are registered disabled which makes access to the further away beaches of Monmouth and Church Beach with their dog either impossible or extremely hard and the risk of tripping or falling on steps or uneven stones is a real hazard. Allowing dogs to access the Sandy Beach or Cobb Gate Shingle Beach during the colder Winter and Spring months brings loving dog owners, both residents and visitors, to both Marine Parade and the town and to the businesses that operate here.

Banning of dogs on Sandy Beach and Cobb Gate Shingle Beach due to the actions of a minority of dog owners, is discrimination against loving dog owners who do care for the environment and their dogs. An increase in policing and upholding of policies by the Lyme Regis Town Council Dog Wardens would benefit the whole community by not allowing a minority of dog owners to break the current regulations and ensure Lyme Regis is free of fouling.

Loving dog owners, wanting to exercise their dog on Sandy Beach or Cobb Gate Shingle Beach, with mobility issues or disabilities would also be discriminated against if dogs are banned from the Sandy Beach and Cobb Gate Shingle Beach by taking away access to the easier beaches with their dogs during the Winter and Spring months. Continuing to allow dogs on the Sandy Beach and Cobb Gate Shingle Beach would ensure those with limited mobility or disabilities are able to continue to enjoy these beaches without discrimination or fear of accidents on uneven surfaces.

Concerns must also be raised about the affect banning dogs from the Sandy Beach and Cobb Gate Shingle Beach will have on local businesses when loving dog owners decide to take their dogs and lunch/breakfast/coffee spending money to other dog friendly towns. Continuing to allow dogs on the Sandy Beach and Front Beach would ensure those loving dog owners, both residents and visitors, who seek out to exercise their dogs in Lyme Regis would continue to do so and spend what they normally would at the local businesses in town.

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