Legal threat over beach dog ban
ST IVES Dog Owners' Group has vowed to fight on if councillors ignore its pleas to throw out the controversial 24-hour summer beach ban.
The group now says it will consider going to court – and if necessary an expensive judicial review – if St Ives town councillors vote for the ban, as its environment committee already has.
The full council was due to vote on the bitterly contested plan at a meeting held last night, after The Cornishman went to print.
DOG's Barbara Nolan said: "If the consultation had gone against us and had the majority of people in St Ives wanted the plan, we would have let it go and not argued with a ban, but as the consultation is so heavily against dog-owners not being able to use the beaches, we'll fight.
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"Defra rules say you need evidence for a ban and from the beginning we've said they have no evidence. I believe the way to go is a judicial review and I believe it's very expensive, but we have the will. It's about the justice of it."
For updates on last night's meeting and the council's decision on the ban check out our website at www.thisiscornwall.co.uk