Residents and visitors can have their say on seasonal restrictions for dogs on beaches as Cornwall Council has launched a public consultation.
The Council currently has 48 Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) which apply restrictions at certain times of the year for dogs on beaches across Cornwall.
The orders will expire next April so the council is asking residents for their views before the new restrictions are drawn up.
The current list of beaches with restrictions for dogs are on the Council website.
The PSPOs have to be reviewed every three years and as part of the consultation, residents can give their opinions on the current restrictions.
The Council has been speaking to town and parish councils and beach owners ahead of the public consultation which has been launched today.
In the survey for the wider public consultation, the Council will ask whether more or fewer beaches should have restrictions and whether there should be blanket start and finish dates for the restrictions, for example from May 1 to September 30.
The Council will also ask which month the restrictions should start and end and the times of day the restrictions should be in force.
People will be able to respond to the consultation which will run until November 19. Responses will be reported back to the Council’s Neighbourhoods Overview and Scrutiny Committee.
Rob Nolan, Cornwall’s Cabinet Member for the environment and public protection, said: “Cornwall has hundreds of beautiful beaches and dogs are welcome all year round on many. At more popular times of the year, when our beaches are busy with families, dogs are restricted from some as not all beachgoers welcome our four-legged friends.
“We always try to balance the wishes of dog owners and families looking for safe, dog-free experiences so provide a choice. We want to hear residents’ local viewpoints so we can understand how best to apply any future restrictions for dogs on beaches.”
The consultation is open until 19 November 2019.