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CAMPAIGNERS fighting 24-hour summertime beach dog bans in St Ives are planning to launch a judicial review against the town council.
St Ives Dog Owners Group (DOG) opposes the new dog bans set to be implemented this year, which will see dogs barred from Porthmeor, Porthminster and Porthgwidden beaches for the summer months.
The group is planning to challenge St Ives Town Council's decision to implement the bans from May 1 and has sent the council a formal pre-action protocol letter for a judicial review.
Campaigner Barbara Nolan said: "We could not just stand by and let this happen.
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"This ban will be introduced on the say-so of a few and against a groundswell of opinion. We are worried about the loss of amenity to local people and to those with disabilities who will find it difficult to access Bamaluz or Lambeth Walk beaches, which would be available to dog-walkers all year round, but have poor access."
St Ives mayor Ron Tulley told the council last Thursday that a letter had been received and that the council was seeking legal advice.
This is the latest twist in a debate, which has raged in the town for months.
The council held a consultation last year on the proposals, to which nearly 1,000 people responded, with more than two thirds of them saying they would oppose a ban.
Despite this, last November, the local authority voted to do away with the current rules that allow dog-walkers onto key bathing beaches before 8am and after 7pm in the summer.
St Ives Town Council was unable to ratify this decision on Thursday night while it sought legal advice.
Mrs Nolan told The Cornishman that the legal challenge, which is being handled by Follett Stock solicitors of Truro, focuses on two issues.
Firstly, that the council reached its decision without considering relevant equality legislation and secondly, that it did not consider the financial impact of the decision.
Town clerk Louise Dowe said the council had spoken to Cornwall Council's legal team and that she was preparing a report for councillors to discuss.
DOG held a fundraising event at the Crypt Gallery on Saturday night, which Mrs Nolan said was very successful. She thanked people for attending. To find out more, visit www.stivesdogownersgroup.org or follow DOG on Facebook or Twitter @StIveslovesdogs.