councillors attack plan to remove dogs ban on beach
town councillors in Burnham-On-Sea have this week attacked proposals
by Sedgemoor District Council to remove the winter ban on dogs using
the town's main beach.
first reported here
last month that the District Council is considering lifting the
ban on dogs on Burnham's main beach between the Jetty and Pavilion.
Town councillor Louise Parkin said at the latest Town Council meeting
this week: "It is vitally important that we keep the ban in
place here to ensure Burnham is a family-friendly resort with a
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,
are seven miles of beach for walking dogs - why is this small stretch
needed as well?"
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 Monday's meeting: "I would
echo all those sentiments."
Town Council plans to approach Sedgemoor District Council on the
proposals to ensure the ban remains in force over the winter.
says the existing all-year-round ban is difficult to enforce during
the winter when there are no beach wardens on duty.
Coles, Coastal and Environmental Protection Manager at Sedgemoor
District Council, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "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."
added: "Over the summer, we have a ban on dogs across all of
Burnham's beach from Maddock's Slade to the Sailing Club, but during
the peak summer months we need a ban in the place when the beaches
are so busy with families."
the winter, the main beach currently remains closed to dogs while
the other two beaches either side are opened to dogs. Despite this,
though, we see people walking their dogs into the banned area and
it's difficult for us to enforce because we don't have beach wardens
on duty over the winter."
fully removing the dogs ban on all beaches over the winter is being
considered. It would be easier to understand and enforce. We
would still take action against dog fouling and anti-social dog
ownership issues whenever necessary."
Pictured: Above, Monday's meeting where the beach dog ban was