Cornwall Council and dogs have been in the news, together, recently, with a new campaign being piloted in 12 dog-fouling hotspots, and new dates announced for dogs on beaches. If you own dogs, or are concerned about the environment, these will both be of interest to you.

Dog fouling

The campaign which involves ‘We’re watching you’ signs featuring a pair of glow in the dark eyes. If the signs prove to be effective, the Council plans to roll them out in more areas.

Dog fouling is high on the Council’s #Litterless agenda. Their new Community Enforcement Partnership Programme has trained civil parking enforcement officers from town and parish councils, who can now issue Fixed Penalty Notices for littering, dog fouling and dogs on beaches, as well as for parking offences. The number of Fixed Penalty Notices issued has risen from 17 in 2018/19 to 84 in 2019/20.

The Council has also mounted nearly 2,000 high-visibility dog fouling patrols since 2016, and trained 100 town and parish councils in using a new ‘no contact report card’ to make reporting dog fouling easier.

You can view dog fouling statistics for your parish on the Dog Fouling page on the Council’s website.

Dogs on beaches

Following a consultation last year, Cornwall Council has announced simplified, and harmonised regulations for dogs on beaches in Cornwall, from April.

  • Dogs will be restricted on beaches ONLY between 1 July and 31 August, between 10am and 6pm
  • Exceptions to this are where a beach has Blue Flag Status, where the ban will occur from 15 May to 30 September, between 10am and 6pm.
  • The exception to this is Porthchapel beach near Land’s End, where current restrictions will be lifted, as requested by the private beach owner.

You can read the full press release from Cornwall Council, which gives more detail about the reasons why these decisions were made, and the responses to the survey, on the Council website.