Solicitors involved in St Ives dog ban row
ST IVES Town Council has said it will refute the criticisms levelled at it by campaigners planning to apply for a judicial review of the 24-hour summertime ban of dogs on beaches.
St Ives Dog Owners' Group (DOG) argue that the existing summer ban – that lets them on to the beach with their pets in the early mornings and evenings – is a good compromise.
They have sent a letter of intent to apply for a judicial review of the new orders to the town council which will see dogs barred from Porthmeor, Porthminster and Porthgwidden beaches for the summer months.
They say the authority has not given enough consideration to disabled access to beaches for dog-owners or explained how the new orders will be enforced.
Last week St Ives Town Council acknowledged it had received the letter of intent from DOG and said it was seeking legal advice.
Now mayor Ron Tulley has confirmed a reply was due to go out in the next few days which will refute DOG's criticisms.
Mr Tulley said: "We are seeking legal advice.
"We have to reply within a fortnight and we are on the verge of doing that.
"The letter is now being worded by our solicitors, they are working on it.
"There are two things they've raised. One is we've not made sufficient provision for people with disabilities [who want to walk their dogs on the beach]. The second is that we have not made sufficient provision for enforcement of the orders. We obviously refute both of those."
In a separate issue St Ives have had to hold off making the new dog bans official until Cornwall Council have withdrawn their own dog control orders – which outline the current summer rules.
Mr Tulley said: "Our orders can only go into place once Cornwall Council has rescinded their orders. We are waiting for Cornwall Council to formally rescind their orders so we can put them into place.
"They are working on it. They've given no precise date."
Barbara Nolan from DOG said: "We have not had the reply yet and we need to wait to see what the letter says when it comes back. Then we have to be guided by our solicitors."
St Ives Dog Owners' Group have a website at www.stivesdogownersgroup.org and a Facebook page called Life's A Beach and on Twitter @StIveslovesdogs. Pro-ban campaigners have now also launched a Facebook page called Love St Ives' Clean Beaches. The town council's papers can be seen at www.stivestowncouncil.co.uk/html/24_10_dogs.html