DOG OWNERS fighting St Ives' plans to introduce 24-hour summertime dog bans on the town's main beaches are urging people to contact Cornwall Council – to demand they keep the old bans in place.
The current Dog Control Orders (DCOs) are administered by Cornwall Council and ban dogs on beaches such as Porthminster and Porthmeor from 8am to 7pm in the summer.
St Ives Dog Owners' Group, or DOG, has always said these orders, in place since 2007, were a workable compromise for both holidaymakers and visitors.
However, some residents and businesses in St Ives say this restriction isn't enough, as it allows dogs to urinate on beaches that will then be populated by families a few hours later.
St Ives Town Council has voted to ban dogs on its main tourist beaches from Easter to October, although for the first year the ban won't become active until May 1, but the new bans can't become active at all until Cornwall Council revokes its own DCOs.
The authority has now issued notices that it plans to do so and is asking the public for their comments.
People have 28 days to respond with and Cornwall Council cannot revoke the orders until it has considered the responses.
The notice reads: "Notice is hereby given that the Cornwall Council proposes to revoke the Penwith District Council (Dogs Exclusion from Porthmeor Beach to Porthkidney Sands) Order 02/2007 under part 6 of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005.
"This 2007 order applies to Porthmeor Beach, Porthgwidden, St Ives Harbour Beach, Porthminster Beach and Carbis Bay and makes it an offence to take a dog on to, or permit a dog to enter or remain on, any land to which the order relates from May 1 of each year until September 30 during the hours of 8am to 7pm.
"Representations in respect of this proposal to revoke the above order may be made within 28 days of the date of the publication of this notice.
"The council will consider any representations received when deciding whether to revoke the orders."
St Ives DOG has produced a leaflet which reproduces the notice.
Representations should be sent in writing or by e-mail to Anthony Richings, Legal Officer, Legal Services, New County Hall, Treyew Road, Truro TR1 3AY, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org