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Beach Dog Ban

St Ives Town Council are debating banning on dogs from beaches. The controversial ban would run from Easter to September 24 hours a day.

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Views on dog bans

Dog owner Gill Parker comes to St Ives on holiday twice a year. She says any further bans would put her off.

It would mean that we would have to find somewhere else to go and I think that's a great shame. I think if you look around St Ives at times like this there are lots of people with dogs and they obviously come for the same reason, they can bring their dogs on the beach. I think if they can't do that it will have an impact on St Ives, they're going to lose a lot of revenue in the shops, in the accomodation.

– Gill Parker, Dog owner

The proposals being looked at by the town council have come about because of concerns over fouling and dogs not being under control.

Dogs can cause a problem on beaches, particularly those used by families and children. We've had children being covered in dog mess because it's been buried in the sand, also people are frightened by dogs running loose, and we've also had problems of dogs relieving themselves against rocks and it runs into rockpools that children are playing in.

– Mayor Ron Tulley

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