Dog ban could foul up Sand Bay beach

SAND Bay could become a 'dumping ground' for dogs and their walkers according to residents living near the beach

SAND Bay could become a 'dumping ground' for dogs and their walkers according to residents living near the beach.North Somerset Council recently decided to ban dogs from part of Weston beach, causing outrage among their owners.Now, residents fear Sand Bay will soon be overflowing with walkers and their pets who just want to stroll along a sandy stretch.North Somerset councillor Ian Porter, who represents Kewstoke, fears the beach could become extremely unattractive if council officers are not deployed there to penalise irresponsible dog owners who let their animals walk the sands.Speaking at a meeting this week, he said: "The worry for residents of Sand Bay is that the beach they live next to and enjoy won't be like it for much longer."We do not wish it to be the dumping ground for dogs in North Somerset."Cllr Porter asked the council's executive to make sure the number of dog bins in Sand Bay were increased and also requested officers will be on hand to deal out on-the-spot fines to rogue dog owners.Cllr Deborah Yamanaka, who is responsible for environmental matters, said: "There are more officers able to hand out prosecutions than ever before. I do not know what the presence is like in Sand Bay but more officers are here to do the job."If it does turn out to be a problem in Sand Bay then we will certainly look into having more dog bins."I would hope more dog owners would be more responsible with the threat of on-the-spot fines.


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