A CONTROVERSIAL order forcing dog owners to place their pets on leads while using Perranporth Beach comes into force from midnight tonight.
Perranzabuloe Parish Council said it introduced the order due to a number of attacks by dogs on people and children using the beach.
It has employed two beach officers to patrol a zoned area – from the promenade to flat rocks and from the coast path to the sea – covered by the order between 10am and 5pm each day in July and August.
Those failing to keep their dogs on a fixed lead (no more than 6ft long) face an £80 fine.
About 1,000 people wrote to the council objecting to the order. Many argued it was a heavy-handed measure which would harm local trade by putting off dog walkers and holidaymakers. Several locals, including dog owner Rory Jenkins, claimed the order would not stand up in court, accusing the council of not following official guidelines when drawing it up.
A council notice outlining the order states: "We sincerely trust that dog owners will comply with the dog control order so that families and their children can use the beach in safety. Our beach officers will be using an educative approach because we want owners to comply and not be given tickets.
"Dog wardens and PCSOs will be authorised to issue fixed penalty notices."
The council's chairman Doreen Lawrence added: "'There has been a lot of local support for this common sense approach.
"People wanting to exercise their dogs off lead either come before 10am or after 5pm or use the two miles of beach past flat rocks or the sand dunes at any time.
"But remember the law says all dogs off leads must be under proper control wherever they are."