By Dan Walsh
A canine conundrum has emerged ahead of the bathing season, which may not be here just yet, but can’t be too far away! Ms Carolyne Godkin, Director of Services, presented a draft copy of the Wexford County Council Beach Bye-Laws 2022 to members at the March meeting where it emerged that many people were strongly opposed to “a ban on dogs on beaches”
While it is not proposed to ban dogs from beaches, it is proposed to implement a time restriction on access at the five Blue Flag beach areas of Co. Wexford between 11am and 6pm for the summer months.
Criterion 23 of the Blue Flag requirements specifies that dogs and pets are not permitted on Blue Flag section of the beach!
Cllrs Maura Bell and Kathleen Codd-Nolan suggested an additional warden while they asked if a dog should be always kept on a lead?
Cllr Jim Moore supported safeguarding the Blue Flag status and he called for a five-year review for removal goods on beaches. While there is criticism of the use of jet ski’s in the report, Cllr Moore pointed out that jet ski’s are now being used by the search and rescue services!
Cllr Davy Hynes supported dog owners and told the meeting that “the vast majority are responsible” and Cllr Mary Farrell did not have issues with dogs at the beach.