Proposed Changes to Dog Control Orders (Dogs on Beaches) in Cornwall
The Government has introduced new legislation to control dogs in public spaces. With that in mind, Cornwall Council has decided to apply the new legislation on beaches in Cornwall.
The Council is proposing to change the existing Dog Control Orders (DCOs) currently in place to Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO). These DCO’s control dogs on designated beaches in Cornwall.
Fear not, the Council proposes to incorporate the same conditions, times, dates and durations, that are currently in place, in the new PSPO – meaning dogs would be allowed on designated beaches at the same times as they are allowed now.
However, whilst the proposal is to keep the status-quo, I believe this is also a good time to look at the existing changes to see if they still work – hence this blog post.
Back in the day when I was at Kerrier DC, I asked for a change of the blanket ban during the summer/holiday seasonal months on Porthleven West beach. This was because local dog owners felt this was unfair to be banned from their local beach for over seven-months. This was accepted (with public backing) and now the restriction only applies between 7am and 7pm. There are no restrictions east of Blue Buoy Steps.
The question is should we relook at the current times of the restriction? For instance we could remove those restrictions; or just leave them as they are? I do think the ban is a little too early. Maybe this ban could start on the first May Bank Holiday? Please let me know your views.
At this stage I see no merit in banning dogs completely. One reason for this Porthleven’s tidal patterns and high water mark wash this beach twice a day and therefore clears any mess left by irresponsible dog owners.
The link below to view a list of the beaches with existing dog controls that Cornwall Council propose to include in the new PSPO’s.
The consultation finishes on January 12th 2017.
I know people are going to say certain dog owners flout this law, and yes people are also going to say there needs to be more dog wardens, but dog warden or not, you should not take your dog on the beach during the restricted times.