Coverack Beach dog ban due to bad owners
10:00am Friday 13th July 2012 in Helston
St Keverne Parish Council is to look into banning dogs from Coverack Beach after claiming owners are not complying with a beach agreement.
In February councillors agreed not to ban dogs during certain times of the day and year, despite receiving an increasing number of complaints from some beach users.
These had included claims of dogs running loose and “out of control,” frightening children and harassing sunbathers.
Following pressure from dog owners and other residents of Coverack who were happy to maintain the status quo, the council instead agreed to put up a warning sign. This contains two symbols, reminding owners to keep dogs on leads and also not to let their animals foul the beach.
Underneath is written: “Dog owners are kindly requested to keep their dogs under control at all times and on a lead during the hours of 9am - 6pm, from 1st June - 31st August. You are also reminded to clean up after your dog. Any breaches will be reported to and enforced by the Cornwall Council Dog Warden.”
At their meeting last Thursday, however, councillors said owners were not adhering to the signs and as such a dog ban needed to be discussed.
In a statement given to the Packet this week, the council said: “The signs that the parish council erected on the beach, in agreement with Coverack residents, are not being complied with as requested and therefore at the end of the summer season St Keverne Parish Council will be considering implementing a dog ban for next year.”