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Cornwall Council applies for dog ban for Portmellon beach

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 01, 2012

Dog Ban

Cornwall Council applies for dog ban for Portmellon beach

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Dogs could be banned from a Cornish beach after complaints about unruly animals and "irresponsible owners".

Mevagissey Parish Council is applying for a Dog Control Order from Cornwall Council for Portmellon Beach – but the move has sparked anger from some dog owners.

"The complaints were largely on the basis that dogs were fouling on the beach, and were out of control, hassling children and parents," said parish council chairman Michael Roberts.

"And the behaviour of owners towards the people who approached them has bordered on the obscene in many circumstances. We then had all the dog-lovers around the area who have been complaining in the opposite direction."

The council said a Dog Control Order would give them the option of either controlling the times dogs were allowed on the beach, or banning them altogether.

"I'm definitely against the ban because 99% of dog-owners are responsible," said Chris Harvey, owner of the Rising Sun public house in Portmellon.

"I think the ban would destroy quite a lot of the business down here. Dog-owners come to the pub because they like the walks and stay in the guest houses."

Chris Mitchell, of Pentewan Lane, is spearheading a campaign called Dogs Love Portmellon to try and stop the ban. "Mevagissey and Portmellon are renowned as dog-friendly places," he said.

A petition on www.dogsloveportmellon.com has already received more than 100 signatures, about half of which Mr Mitchell said were from holidaymakers who said they would not visit Portmellon again if a ban was enforced.

The issue would have to go through a formal consultation process before any decision is made.

"At the moment the parish council has just decided to pursue obtaining a Dog Control Order," said Mr Roberts. "It doesn't mean we will actually place a ban. I have no doubt there will be considerable controversy. Inevitably it will raise the hackles of some and we will be inundated with letters protesting."

Earlier this month St Ives Town Council voted to ban dogs from some of the town's main bathing beaches during the summer. This was despite two thirds of about 1,000 people who responded to a consultation being against the ban. And last week, Wadebridge Town Council also opted to ban dogs from some recreation grounds and green spaces in the town.

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  • kazzi-b  |  December 07 2012, 10:36AM

    There is one local lady that goes around confronting lone dog walkers and she seems to have made it her mission to frighten everyone off. The vast majority of these people are responsible dog owners who ALWAYS clear up after their dogs. She has become rather obsessed with the whole scenario and watches constantly, counting the dogs on the beach and observing their behaviour. It is this lady along with maybe a couple of others who have initiated all this, based on their own personal opinions of dogs. I bet none of them actually have a dog! If she looked a bit more closely, she would also see children going to the loo on the beach, do the parents always clear this up? I for one will be reluctant to return to Portmellon for my holidays if this ban goes ahead.

  • kazzi-b  |  December 07 2012, 10:35AM

    There is one local lady that goes around confronting lone dog walkers and she seems to have made it her mission to frighten everyone off. The vast majority of these people are responsible dog owners who ALWAYS clear up after their dogs. She has become rather obsessed with the whole scenario and watches constantly, counting the dogs on the beach and observing their behaviour. It is this lady along with maybe a couple of others who have initiated all this, based on their own personal opinions of dogs. I bet none of them actually have a dog! If she looked a bit more closely, she would also see children going to the loo on the beach, do the parents always clear this up? I for one will be reluctant to return to Portmellon for my holidays if this ban goes ahead.

  • steevo3  |  December 06 2012, 11:47AM

    There's one person in Portmellon who instigated this. He hates dogs and is matey with the council chairman. http://tinyurl.com/cvjbb54

  • Brian6666  |  December 03 2012, 10:01PM

    I'm all for " Dog free" day's on beaches as opposed to total bans , that way everyone gets their bit of time. How about 2 day's every week no animals are allowed , would certainly make me more likely to go for a quiet contemplating walk !

  • parkingpain  |  December 03 2012, 7:42PM

    How about banning the irresponsible parents who leave their offsprings nappies on beaches, in bus shelters, on park benches and lots of other places about the country. If dog owners allow their dogs to foul public places then fine them. Simple.

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