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.


  • Theresa Musgrove

    Has there been any consideration of the risk to health to pregnant women and those with low immunities from toxoplasmosis as a result of contact with beaches that allow dog fouling? Apart from the sheer unpleasantness of finding dog faeces on a beach, especially if you have small children who are playing there, there should be some proper evaluation of the implications of allowing such areas to be used as a toilet facility – sadly not all dog owners are responsible and willing to clear up after their pets.

  • Andrew Wallis

    In essence, unless a community wants a change, the plan is just to transfer the existing restrictions/timings to the new system. For Porthleven case, the starting point is the existing timings

  • Mick Timpson

    The banning of dogs from beaches isn’t just about whatever mess they leave behind. Both of my sons, at different times and at different ages were harrassed by a dog whilst playing with a ball on the beach. They were not attacked, but when you are only 2 or 3 feet tall having a Labrador or a German Shepherd trying to grab the ball you are playing with is not pleasant. Of course the owners came over laughing saying that their dog is harmless and loves children. Unfortunately those words do not help a traumatised child.

  • Tony

    7am to 7pm is to long, most people don’t go to the beach until 10am and have left by 6pm, these hours would fair so everyone can use the beaches.
    Also on damp and wet days the ban should be lifted, nobody sun bathing but dogs still need their walkies.
    Easter until September would work well if the above was in place.
    Tony Woodhams

  • Laura Baines

    I think May would be better with maybe a 9am to 7pm, over the summer I never saw anyone other than dog owners on the beach at 7am…

  • Jane Richards

    Brilliant time it was looked at. From the first of May would be totally acceptable.

  • Graham Holland

    The types of “people” that would obey a dog ban, are the same ones that would ensure any ‘messages’ that their dog delivers is picked up smartly and cleanly. These bans really only apply to a minority and ultimately afflict an innocent majority.
    PS. From what I have read – we ought to be more concerned with bird ‘messages’!

  • Peter Reynolds

    May Day holiday seems a good start time. It’s always seemed a bit odd that some beaches are restricted until 30 Sept, others 1 Oct.

  • Richard Wall

    Hi , Firstly I am not a dog owner or walker and my bucket and spade have long since been hung up.The dog restrictions on west end of Porthleven beach have been in force for several years with no apparent adverse effects to dog owners or beach visitors , It may be possible to amend date and or times of these restrictions ,providing any alterations in the PSPO can be amended easily if problems arise. If not leave”as is”.I have frequently observed that dogs using the beach are rarely on leads which makes some sort of restriction a necessity.

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  • Wendy Moore

    I have a phobia about dogs, it is something I’ve had since childhood and it is no good dog owners saying ‘Oh, he won’t hurt you’ as that makes absolutely no difference whatsoever. Whether the danger is perceived or real is irrelevant, the phobia is very real. Lots of people have them and whether they are phobias about dogs, spiders, snakes, clowns, heights, small spaces, the dark, whatever, they are very real and often quite debilitating.
    I pay my council tax and have a right to use the beaches as do dog owners under the present rules but it the disproportionate amount of time given to allowing dogs on beaches that is wrong, particularly, as pointed out by another contributor, given the ratio of dog owners to non-dog owners – 20% to 80%.
    For three quarters of the years – autumn, winter and spring and most of the summer I am discriminated against as there is no way I can use the beaches I contribute council tax towards because dogs are allowed on them at those times.
    Would the council discriminate against wheelchair users? I think not, in fact they quite rightly bend over backwards to accommodate them (whether for reasons of altruism or for fear of being sued I’m not sure) so why discriminate against people with mental issues, such as myself, in the form of phobias?

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