demands that dogs on sidewalks must be kept on a leash all year round

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Tenby councilors have been asked to consider a proposal to extend regulations to keep dogs on leashes year-round in a bid to address fouling issues across the resort.

Correspondence from a resident of St Julian’s Terrace was recently received by City Council members at their recent meeting, which noted a point which recently went to Pembrokeshire County Council for consideration about ‘negating the impact of dog ownership in public places’ .

“The discussion that followed highlighted the difficulty of prosecuting dog foul offenders as owners would have to be caught red-handed. They acknowledged that dog waste is a major problem in Pembrokeshire,” the resident explained in his correspondence.

“The Borough Council said it would consult with city and local councils for suggestions on how the council can enforce the regulations more effectively. I would ask that you consider the following in any response to the County Council initiative.

“In Tenby the current ‘dogs on a leash on sidewalks’ regulations only apply from May 1st to September 30th. I ask that such regulations should apply for a whole year.

“Dogs are exercised just as much in winter as in summer. It is my opinion that most dog feces that are not picked up by owners when the dog is off the leash is a way for owners not to know that an infringement is being committed when a dog is not in sight,” they continued .

“Enforcement of dog code violations is more likely to be successful against owners who do not walk their dogs on a leash than having to catch a dog defecating and then observing that the owner does not pick it up.

“The introduction and enforcement of a ‘dogs on a leash on sidewalks’ ordinance throughout the year would be positive action to negate the impact of dog ownership in public places that the county council is calling for.

“I believe there is an annoying problem with dogs being exercised at Castle Beach in the summer and I find the current policy allowing dogs on part of this beach confusing. Is the sole reason for this policy to allow dogs on the Caldey boats and not allow owners to exercise their dogs on that part of the beach?

“If I am correct I would request that the dog ordinance for this area of ​​Castle Beach be changed to ‘dogs on a leash’ for the period that this ordinance is in effect.

“I would also like to draw attention to the problem of dog owners who pick up their dog but then dispose of the plastic bag by throwing it in the brush. I consider this a particularly offensive act and I would like the Council to consider ways of resolving this issue in order to prevent this from happening,” they added.

In response to the correspondence, Clr. Ms Tish Rossiter said dog poop was everywhere and not just in this area.

She pointed out that there is a “grey area” at Castle Beach as you can take dogs into Caldey, but how could we get around that, she asked, before suggesting putting up a large sign that might indicate that dogs allowed to go to Caldey, but so that the owners do not let them off the leash.

“This has been a problem in Tenby for years, we’ve tried poop bag dispensers and other initiatives, but dog owners shouldn’t let their dogs do this,” she noted.

“We’re advertised as a dog-friendly town,” she continued, adding that more and more visitors coming to Tenby are now bringing their pets with them since kennels are now so expensive.

The Mayor, Clr. Ms Sam Skyrme-Blackhall stressed that dogs can enter Caldey via Castle Beach but perhaps introducing a different fines system could help.

clr. Mike Evans said there was signage at Castle Beach which has mostly been observed, while RNLI lifeguards are also able to enforce restrictions when on duty.

“Fifteen years ago this city was plagued by dog ​​poop, but it feels like the city is a lot cleaner now with only the occasional missed call,” he commented.

“Tenby is a community of dog owners and the vast majority are cleaning up after themselves. Some initiatives have worked in the past, so we shouldn’t consider scrapping the entire system,” added Clr. Evans.

clr. Paul Rapi agreed that the community is more engaged, adding that he has two dogs himself and is always after them. Some cannot withdraw for various reasons. Banning dogs for the whole year is going too far.

“Since the pandemic, pets have become even more popular and there are so many dogs in the city. Many companies are accommodating to dog owners, they are part of British life,” he told colleagues.

“There are those who don’t play by the rules and the police are the main problem, but I found the ‘eye’ signage that was put in place to be very effective.

“Can we politely reply that we are taking the matter seriously and have been proactive where we could, but we recognize there are two sides to this and as City Council we will continue to work with PCC on education with those who are still.” flouting the law,” he added.

Dog beach ban restrictions begin in Pembrokeshire on Sunday 1 May, with some beaches across the county being dog banned between that date and 30 September each year.

Dogs in restricted areas on beaches – with the exception of guide dogs – can be issued a fixed fine of £75.

Detailed maps are displayed on all the beaches mentioned, marking the areas where dogs can or cannot be walked, as well as areas where dogs can only be walked.

Detailed maps can also be found on the Visit Pembrokeshire website at www.visitpembrokeshire.com

Pembrokeshire County Council’s Dog Control Team in conjunction with Leisure staff enforce these bans during the summer months.

District Enforcement Officers employed by Pembrokeshire County Council were due to resume their duties as early as 2020 to include beach patrols when dog restrictions were introduced to tackle environmental breaches, but once the contract expires the local authority has yet to re-engage a company to carry out such tasks across the county to combat crimes such as trash or dog waste by issuing fixed penalty notices when necessary.

The Borough Council’s ‘Visitor Welcoming Teams’ were seen last summer advising the public on dog-friendly beaches as part of their duties.

Dog fouling offenders should be named and shamed to deter others, a former leader of Carmarthenshire County Council recently said.

clr. Kevin Madge said it made a difference whether people saw the names of the perpetrators in their local newspaper or on Facebook.

“You’d say, ‘Oh, Fred Bloggs got caught – I’d better not,'” he remarked at a recent meeting of Carmarthenshire Council’s Environment and Public Protection Committee, where cabinet members and officials outlined a new four-year waste management plan for the county .

clr. Madge also said he wants community police officers to impose penalties on offenders.

The issue of dog waste was raised by a number of Council members, with Clr. Dorian Phillips said many people with dogs had moved into his Llanboidy station and that some edges were “covered” in dog feces.

He asked if mobile surveillance cameras could be installed. “I think that’s the only way to catch them,” he said.

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