Allow dogs on all Torbay beaches from 1st May to 31st October before 9am and after 5pm

Allow dogs on all Torbay beaches from 1st May to 31st October before 9am and after 5pm

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Sam Wyton started this petition to Torbay Council

I would like the current ban of dogs on many of the  Torbay beaches from 1st May to 31st October be changed to allow dogs on the beaches before 9am and after 6pm dogs during this period. As a dog owner I totally appreciate that dogs on busy beaches when not under control can cause havoc however we should be allowed to use the beaches during the quieter hours. We pay our council tax and water bills the same as everyone else.  The beaches that are currently open to dogs are too small to avoid over crowding of dogs in the summer season. This is very evident at Goodrington when many dog owners are trying to safely exercise their dogs in overcrowded spaces and especially so when the tide is coming in. 23% of households in the UK now own a dog. Many of our visitors to the bay will be families with dogs and will want to be able to use all our beaches. To help our tourism we need to be able to welcome all our visitors, 2 and 4 legged. This change has already happened in several resorts in Cornwall including Bude. The quality of water cannot be seen as a reason to ban dogs as dogs are not the drivers of water quality. I very rarely see a dog poo left on a beach. It's too public a space. Most irresponsible owners leave the poo when walking in secluded areas such as woods or pathways. The main reason the water quality will be lessened will be allowing discharge of sewerage into the sea when the storm drains get flooded.  Plastic pollution and litter far out weighs pollution from dog poo. We need to move with the times and stop the bias. It will benefit us all in the end. 

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