Whitmore Bay & Knap Summer Dog Bans
Firstly, I should acknowledge I have an interest in the subject. I've got a 7 year old King Charles Cavalier Spaniel called Alfie. I've attached a picture of him sitting in Marco's Cafe so you can see just how cute he is :-)
My wife, Julie and I walked Alfie on a cold, but bright Whitmore Bay this afternoon, and the beach, promenade, new Shelter complex etc., were packed with dogs, and their walkers. As packed were the chippys & coffee shops.
Given that blue flag status is now seemingly beyond our reach, are we missing a trick by banning dog owners from our 2 main beaches, and turning away their custom from coffee shops etc. from May to September?
Apart from the odd scorcher I've rarely seen the beach so busy. Incidentally, when it is busy with the sun-seekers, I'd hesitantly suggest that it is also much, much dirtier, with litter a massive problem. I rarely come across dog poo on the beach, but am willing to be told otherwise.
I'm sure this subject must have been done to death a few times over, but if we can't get the Blue Flag is it a debate worth revisiting, mainly from an economic perspective?
Mark & Alfie