Consultation over beach access for dogs

Beach access for dogs this summer

A council is deciding whether to relax the rules not allowing dogs on beaches at certain times during the summer season.

South Hams District Council has begun a consultation to review the current Public Space Protection Orders with five potential changes in the balance.

Currently, lockdown restrictions allow people to travel to beaches to exercise their dogs.

The district council is also considering making it a requirement for dog walkers to carry dog bags or another container to collect dog waste in and to restrict the amount of dogs that can be walked at a time to four.

Presently, Salcombe South Sands, Hope Cove, Challaborough, Bigbury, Wembury, and part of Bantham beach are closed to dogs between 10:00 and 19:00 from 1 May to 30 September, but the proposal would mean dogs would be excluded from all beaches between 10:00 to 17:00 from 1 July to 31 August.

Other changes could see Courtenay Park in Salcombe re-categorised as an area where dogs must be kept on a lead and Butts Park in Newton Ferrers could become an area where dogs are excluded or where dogs need to be kept under control at all times.

News from: BBC News

Written by Nicky Wicky

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