Login Register

DOG shows its teeth on plans to ban dogs from St Ives' beaches

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: September 20, 2012

Members of St Ives Dog Owners' Group want existing arrangements for dog-walking to remain.  Buy this picture: www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/buyaphoto

Members of St Ives Dog Owners' Group want existing arrangements for dog-walking to remain. Buy this picture: www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/buyaphoto

Comments (0)

A GROUP fighting plans to ban dogs on St Ives' beaches during the summer says it is speaking up for local people.

The St Ives Dog Owners' Group (DOG) was formed in response to fears that residents and holidaymakers would be hit by the proposed changes to access rules for dogs.

At present people can walk their pets on Carbis Bay, Porthgwidden, Porthmeor and Porthminster beaches between 7pm and 8am in the summer.

An outright seasonal ban from the Sunday before Easter could be on the cards, however, and a public consultation on the plans is under way.

Related content

"We want to make sure that local voices are heard," said DOG member Mike Millward. "There's a feeling that people aren't being listened to."

He said the group, established around four months ago, has carried out a study of other popular Cornish resorts, looking at how they tackle the issue of dogs on their beaches.

Places such as Newquay, Bude and Padstow had seasonal bans but only on around half of the beaches, he said.

"If you're a resident in these towns, although there's a seasonal ban there's no issue for dog-walking because there are other choices," he said. "St Ives doesn't have this choice."

Instead, walkers could take their four-legged friends to Porthkidney at Lelant, Bamaluz and Lambeth Walk.

"Lelant is a six-mile round- trip in the car, so that excludes non-car-owners and people with mobility issues," he said.

"The others are tidal, and if the tide's in there may be days when you can't walk your dog there at all."

The group is asking that the restrictions stay as they are. Members say they are also keen to work towards improving signage and clamping down on those not cleaning up after their pooches.

"We should make examples of people who are continuing to flout the dog-fouling regulations," said Mr Millward, who owns a cocker spaniel. "They need to be brought to book, because they are going against what everyone wants."

The public have until September 28 to contribute their views on the dog ban proposals.

For more information contact St Ives Town Council on 01736 797840 or visit www.stivestowncouncil.co.uk.

Read more from The Cornishman

Do you have something to say? Leave your comment here...

max 4000 characters
  • expect_us  |  September 24 2012, 8:18PM

    Not doing much to win people over here are you? Dogs have a PR problem and it's not the fault of the dog, it's the fault of irresponsible owners. Dogs allowed to bark for hours, dogs excrement in children's play areas are real issues. We've all heard and seen it. What's a scandal is 24,000 dog attacks on postmen/women in the last 6 years and it's increasing. We have come a long way since dogs excrement was a huge problem but slinging excrement at others isn't going to be helpful is it? And as animal lovers it's likely the majority of you will have eaten part of an animal more intelligent than a dog today.

    |   5
  • stivesbeach  |  September 24 2012, 5:57PM

    Thanks for the twaddle THWOGGLE. Have a wonderful life! xxx

    |   -2
  • bissoeboy  |  September 24 2012, 12:36PM

    Judging by the arrows it would seem you are the minority!! Dog owners are part of the community as are non dog owners, if anything they are more active. Combative seems to be the appropriate word here.

    |   -2
  • THWOGGLE  |  September 24 2012, 12:18PM

    I am using "me" as a metaphor in the combative sense to endorse "my" ownership as a notional representative of the majority thus reinforcing the ethos of selfish the dog owners versus the rest of the community.

    |   -2
  • bissoeboy  |  September 24 2012, 12:09PM

    on the subject of selfish, dont you think the beach is for everyone not just you?

    |   2
  • bissoeboy  |  September 24 2012, 12:00PM

    on the subject of selfish, dont you think the beach is for everyone not just you?

    |   3
  • THWOGGLE  |  September 24 2012, 11:49AM

    These selfish dog owners just don't get it do they. Not everybody wants their dirty, yappping, children-eating, little darlings polluting our beaches or streets. Dogs generally are a nuisance with their rancid, cloacal steaming deposits and the racket they make. Some of us are totally fed up dodging droppings and listening to the constant barking of stupid muts left in back gardens whilst their owners are out a work. Dogs are not important; people are. Also the dog-urine stained lamposts and walls are also very sickening and offend the olfactory sensors. I won't go to places where dogs seem to be given precedence over humans. I watched a dog owner allow it to urinate all over Rick Stein's doorway the other day whilst I was trying to enjoy my fish and chips. Don't ramble on about the irresponsible minority. You are besotted with your little (sometimes big) darlings, whom you believe can do no wrong. Thousands of you, and that's enough, believe your muts to be more important than humans. The beach is for me and I don't want your dogs dropping plops on it. It is a myth that most of you pick - you don't!

    |   1
  • stivesbeach  |  September 23 2012, 11:26AM

    Has Tony Mason the mandate to speak for the association that he represents ? Has he canvased his members ?

    |   -3
  • Doitdreckley  |  September 21 2012, 4:43PM

    What about the bleeddy people who smash glasses and bottles and leave the glass lying around? The crazy drivers (locals and tourists)? Or the offensive and awful development that is now blighting St.Ives? The second home ownership? The £50k parking spaces? Most pick up after their dogs. This is a case of punishing the majority for the sins of a minority. We can all carp about things we don't like in the community.

    |   5
  • AlexLondon  |  September 20 2012, 9:26PM

    As a biased tourist - I have to say, 'if it's not broken, don't fix it'. I absolutely love being able to have the dogs on the beach. Taking dogs on the beach first thing in the morning or last thing at night (during the busy season) is wonderful as the atmosphere on the beach shows such a lovely side of St ives, everyone says hello, it's all so friendly. I bring my friends down to St Ives a lot and there have been numerous occasions we have all enjoyed walking a dog and chatting to local dog walkers. St Ives, in my eyes, will lose its charm if this ban goes ahead!

    |   15