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Row over council's decision NOT to pay for Blue Flags

A row has broken out over Cornwall Council's decision not to pay for its beaches to receive Blue Flag status this year.

The council says it's difficult to justify in the current financial climate. It wants local companies to come forward instead to sponsor beaches.

It means that only one beach in Cornwall - the privately owned Carbis Bay at St Ives - has Blue Flag status - while nine beaches in Devon have the prestigious award.

Here's our Cornwall correspondent Steve Hardy.

No Blue Flags on Cornish beaches

Treyarvon Bay, Cornwall Credit: Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images

A row has broken out over Cornwall Council's decision not to pay for its beaches to receive Blue Flag status this year.

The council say it is difficult to justify in the current financial climate, and want local companies to come forward to sponsor beaches instead.

It means that only one beach in Cornwall, the privately owned Carbis Bay at St Ives, has Blue Flag status, while nine beaches in Devon have the prestigious award.

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Dog ban on St Ives' beaches begins today

Dogs will no longer be allowed on St Ives beaches as of today Credit: ITV Westcountry

A controversial order banning dogs from St Ives' beaches comes into affect today.

The 24 hour ban applies to Porthgwidden,Porthmeor and Porthminsterwhile an 8am to 7pm ban also comes into force on Harbour beach.

St Ives Dog Owners Group who oppose the ban are planning a demo this weekend. There will be similar dog bans coming into place on other beaches in the region, including Sidmouth and Instow.

Dirty beaches: full report

More than 15 beaches in the South West have failed tests for bathing water quality. They include a number of previously recommended beaches such as Bude in Cornwall, Exmouth in Devon and Charmouth in Dorset.

The Marine Conservation Society says one of the wettest summers on record has led to increased sewage in the sea.

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