St Ives DOG Campaign gains momentum
THE campaign by dog owners to over-turn plans to impose 24-hour
summer dog control orders on popular beaches in St Ives and Carbis Bay is
gaining supporters on a daily basis.
The campaign group DOG (Dog Owners Group) is made up of
community spirited St Ives locals and now boasts a many of the town's visitors
Last week the group lodged its intention to judicially
review the new orders which St Ives Town Council approved last November. The
council is deferring any decision on sealing the orders while they seek legal
The group was formed to oppose the proposals last summer and
amassed a petition featuring signatures of 3,900 people against the new proposed
Campaign group member Barbara Nolan said: "We have had such
a lot of support from all over the UK and even some supporters from overseas.
"All we want is for the existing orders – which allow dogs
on beaches in the early morning and from 7pm in evening – to remain in place.
"We support the current restricted access and we also think
the town council should do more to enforce existing legislation for dog fouling
if there is a problem rather than introduce another bylaw that it will struggle
The campaigner added: "One of the other benefits of our
campaign has been to see people from all over St Ives and Carbis Bay come
together in a show of community spirit. There is a real sense of belonging here
and it is great to see so many people stand up for this cause and the sense of
pride they feel in the local area."
The group is funding the appeal through generous donations from
members and by arranging fundraising events. A cheese and wine evening was
recently enjoyed by many people at the Crypt Gallery which saw 70 people enjoy
the evening .
Now a new event is planned with fun and games for dogs and
their owners on Porthmeor Beach on March 24, the day the orders would have come
into force if they had not been put on hold.
The Dog Day Afternoon will be a picnic if the weather is
good, or just a gathering and some doggy games if not.
You can catch up with all the activities of the St Ives Dog
Owners Group on their facebook page www.facebook.com/lifesabeach or
on their website www.stivesdogownersgroup.org
where you will also find details of how to contribute to the legal fund.
Make a date: Dog Day
Sunday, March 24 3pm
Porthmeor Beach (Bring a picnic or brolly weather depending)