Dog owners take lead to keep beach clean

DOG owners say they will patrol Weston beach and report rogue walkers to make sure they are not banned again. North Somerset Council says it wants to revoke the winter beach ban on dogs and will soon start reviewing it. But the authority says it will imme

DOG owners say they will patrol Weston beach and report rogue walkers to make sure they are not banned again.North Somerset Council says it wants to revoke the winter beach ban on dogs and will soon start reviewing it. But the authority says it will immediately reinstate the ban if dog owners do not keep the sands muck-free.But owners have pledged to keep the beach clean and look out for irresponsible owners who do not clean up after their pets. They say they will report offenders to the dog wardens.The council has said it intends to remove the ban, which is in place between the Tropicana and Royal Sands throughout winter, on the back of protests spearheaded by Welsh border collie owner Colin Granner, of Langport Road, Weston. The ban was originally put in place for health and safety reasons.Mr Granner said: "We are absolutely delighted at the response from the council. One of the things we feared was that this would drag on."A lot of owners and clubs use the beach in the winter so it is great news for them."We will tell everyone we know that if you do see anyone leaving dog mess to make sure they pick it up."If we think we are seeing habitual offenders we will try to get people to report them to the dog warden."Hopefully, the warden will then be able to catch them and fine them. It shouldn't be that hard - we have enough CCTV cameras."North Somerset says the ban will be lifted if the legal process of the review is approved.


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