THE campaign by dog owners to over-turn plans to impose 24-hoursummer dog control orders on popular beaches in St Ives and Carbis Bay isgaining supporters on a daily basis.
The campaign group DOG (Dog Owners Group) is made up ofcommunity spirited St Ives locals and now boasts a many of the town's visitorsas supporters.
Last week the group lodged its intention to judiciallyreview the new orders which St Ives Town Council approved last November. Thecouncil is deferring any decision on sealing the orders while they seek legaladvice.
The group was formed to oppose the proposals last summer andamassed a petition featuring signatures of 3,900 people against the new proposedextended orders.
Campaign group member Barbara Nolan said: "We have had sucha lot of support from all over the UK and even some supporters from overseas.
"All we want is for the existing orders – which allow dogson beaches in the early morning and from 7pm in evening – to remain in place.
"We support the current restricted access and we also thinkthe town council should do more to enforce existing legislation for dog foulingif there is a problem rather than introduce another bylaw that it will struggleto police."
The campaigner added: "One of the other benefits of ourcampaign has been to see people from all over St Ives and Carbis Bay cometogether in a show of community spirit. There is a real sense of belonging hereand it is great to see so many people stand up for this cause and the sense ofpride they feel in the local area."
The group is funding the appeal through generous donations frommembers and by arranging fundraising events. A cheese and wine evening wasrecently enjoyed by many people at the Crypt Gallery which saw 70 people enjoythe evening .
Now a new event is planned with fun and games for dogs andtheir owners on Porthmeor Beach on March 24, the day the orders would have comeinto force if they had not been put on hold.
The Dog Day Afternoon will be a picnic if the weather isgood, or just a gathering and some doggy games if not.
You can catch up with all the activities of the St Ives DogOwners Group on their facebook page www.facebook.com/lifesabeach oron their website www.stivesdogownersgroup.orgwhere you will also find details of how to contribute to the legal fund.
Make a date: Dog DayAfternoon
Sunday, March 24 3pm
Porthmeor Beach (Bring a picnic or brolly weather depending)