A big 'thank you' to all of you who took part in our recent survey on how our parks and beaches are shared by dog walkers, walkers and families. Your answers were really helpful to councillors when they met yesterday to discuss the issue. The Council have decided that they will carry out their own, more comprehensive survey of the public over the next 8 weeks and make a decision based on that.
Our survey found that most of the responses were in favour of dog friendly areas on beaches but were split nearly 50:50 on whether there should be an outright ban on dogs on the main holiday beaches.
If dog bans were renewed, our responses showed that the beaches where these would be most unpopular would be Instow and Combe Martin.
Responses were more than 90% in favour of fines for owners who did not pick up after their dogs in playgrounds, parks, sports fields and cemeteries. Nearly all of you also thought that dogs should be kept on their leads in cemeteries and playgrounds and a majority (more than 60%) that dogs should be kept on leads on sports pitches.
The council survey is going to be widened to include questions on the Tarka Trail and footpaths around Braunton, Fremington and Instow. If you want to take part, please follow this link.