Westonians react as dogs banned from the beach for the summer

PUBLISHED: 15:00 11 May 2018

Storm Eleanor recedes after high tides and wind gusts hit Weston seafront earlier this morning. Picture: Peter Elston

Storm Eleanor recedes after high tides and wind gusts hit Weston seafront earlier this morning. Picture: Peter Elston

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Social media users have been sharing their views after a dog ban on Weston-super-Mare beach came into force.

Dogs have been banned from the beach between the Grand Pier and Royal Sands until September 30.

Pooch owners risk a £75 fine if they are caught violating the regulations by dog wardens patrolling the beach.

A poll on the Weston Mercury website of 125 people found 56 per cent support the dog ban.

Many people took to social media to share their view.

Chloe Chadwick wrote: “I walk my dog down there all the time and pick up after my dog. The beach should be for everyone.

“Closing half of the beach will cause people to take their dogs elsewhere resolving in mess being left on pavements.

“There’s litter on the beach all the time including glass and drug needles but dog mess seems to be a huge problem.”

Sally Hoddinott commented: “The beach is for children and families. You can still take your dog on Sand Bay so I don’t see the problem.”

Matt Kozaj wrote: “I don’t understand the ban and never will. So are they saying sensible dog owners stay away until the winter? If it’s to do with tourists on the beach or whatever then maybe just have a time restriction from about 10.30am-6pm.”

Sophie Rollason said: “How about banning the idiots who go and get stuck in the mud and have to be rescued which costs and wastes people’s time first. Responsible dog owners shouldn’t be banned, if anything maybe dogs should be kept on leads rather than banned.”

Pete Cotterill commented: “There are far too many lazy dog owners who don’t clean up after their dogs in this town. We don’t need the beach covered in dog mess as well.”

Colin Webb said: “It’s irresponsible owners which don’t pick up after their dog which causes this sort of ban. I would love to walk my dog on the beach all year round but because of the selfish I can’t.”

To join the discussion, visit www.facebook.com/wsmercury or www.twitter.com/wsmercury

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