What are they supposed to do now?

I WISH to congratulate our quick-thinking councillors for thinking up another idea of how to put off visitors and lose revenue through parking

I WISH to congratulate our quick-thinking councillors for thinking up another idea of how to put off visitors and lose revenue through parking fees before the summer holidays start.What better way than banning holidaymakers and their families from taking their dogs on the beach when they come to spend the day here? Has any one of our councillors who voted for the ban actually been down to where the cars park on the beach by the so-called transformed Tropicana, and taken note of how many families who come down either for the day or on holiday for the week, actually own a dog and bring their pet with them and spend the best part of the day picnicking and playing with their children on the beach? What are they supposed to do with their pets now?Ho! I know. Why don't they leave them in a hot caravan all day, with the brilliant summer that has been forecast? If they don't like that idea, because they can't park on the beach because of the dog, they could always park on the road and leave the dog in a hot car or better still don't come to Weston at all. That no doubt would put a smile on the so-called non-animal loving councillors.I have been down to the front today, and if you took all the owners and their dogs off the beach it would be nearly empty. Is that what they really want? Why has the world got to revolve around a few children who are very few and far between on the beach in the winter? This is the time the locals have the beach to themselves. Surely they have a right to use it to walk their dogs. After all, they do pay their rates and that surely should include the use of the beach.If they are saying that the beach should be a clean place for children to play on, are they going to employ extra staff to go round and make sure that the pavements are safe to walk the hundreds of dogs that live in Weston, or are they willing to pick up the vets' bills when a dog is hurt by one of the thousands of pieces of glass littering the pavements of Weston, especially after the weekend drunks? I very much doubt it.There is good and bad in all walks of life. If a teenager steals from a shop do you suggest we ban all teenagers? No! So why should all owners be penalised because of a few lazy ones?MRS STANTON - Weston


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