Controversial plan to lift Burnham-On-Sea beach dogs ban 'put on
proposals by Sedgemoor District Council to remove the winter ban
on dogs using the town's main beach have been "put on hold"
this week amid a heated debate about the plan.
first reported here
by Burnham-On-Sea.com in October, the District Council has been
considering lifting the ban on dogs on Burnham's main beach between
the Jetty and Pavilion.
angry councillors in Burnham-On-Sea attacked the proposals in November,
as we reported here,
saying lifting the ban would hurt the town's image as a family-friendly
Sedgemoor District Council has back-tracked on the plans. Spokeswoman
Claire Faun told Burnham-On-Sea.com on Thursday: "We have decided
to drop the proposals until later next year."
explained: "As part of the process of renewing the dog control
orders across the district to take account of changes in legislation,
it is appropriate for Sedgemoor District Council to consult the
town council on orders that covered the beach area In this instance
the Town Council were consulted in October to establish if they
would support an outline proposal to amend the orders when renewal
occurs next year, so that their views could be considered in the
process. The views of the Town Council will be taken into account
when reviewing the orders."
Town councillor Louise Parkin told last month's meeting: "It
is vitally important that we keep the ban in place here to ensure
Burnham is a family-friendly resort with a children's beach."
took two years of work of my Town Council committee to get this
dog ban introduced along this stretch of beach many years ago, making
it family-friendly for children to play without worrying about dogs.
the ban on dogs would be a huge mistake," added Cllr Parkin,
Maria Clarke, Burnham's Mayoress, added: "I fully support Cllr
Parkin on this - from a health and safety perspective I feel we
should be keeping this as a family beach."
Cllr Peter Burridge-Clayton told the meeting: "I would echo
all those sentiments."
Town Council approached Sedgemoor District Council to lobby it to
ensure the ban on dogs remains in force over the winter.
had said the existing all-year-round ban on the main beach is difficult
to enforce during the winter months when there are no beach wardens
on duty - although its dog wardens have issued ten fines in recent
weeks for fouling on the beach and seafront.
Coles, Coastal and Environmental Protection Manager at Sedgemoor
District Council, said: "We are considering modifying the winter-time
ban on dogs for the main beach to make it more easily enforceable
for us, more easier to understand for dog owners, and to reflect
levels of winter use. Over the winter, the main beach currently
remains closed to dogs while the other two beaches either side are
opened to dogs."