‘Common sense’ approach to dog beach ban

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The dog ban on Port St Mary’s Chapel Beach should be reconsidered, said commissioner Michelle Haywood last week.

At present, dogs are banned from the beach during certain hours in the summer months.

She said dog owners should be able to use ‘common sense’ and if there are people on the beach, keep their dogs off it.

She said this flexible approach would demonstrate that the village is ‘dog friendly’.

Richard Ashcroft supported the idea and suggested they could do a trial run, ‘it says if you respect it, we will give back. It would be nice to have the beach used.’

Ian Skelly asked whether they could ‘ban irresponsible users’.

Ms Haywood said it is ‘frustrating’ to be unable to walk dogs on the beach when it is ‘a wet afternoon and no one is down there.’

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