DOGS are banned from twelve Cornish beaches all over the Summer because of a clause in the little-known Seaside Awards.

The news has hit local business – because the council bungled an earlier announcement, by confusing Seaside and Blue Flag Awards.

Eight Cornish beaches are Blue Flag. See the list in the link.

The council announced in January that only Blue Flag beaches would ban dogs.

Now Town Hall have found out ‘Seaside Award’ beaches ban dogs too.

So they’ve slapped public space protection orders – in this case a bylaw banning dogs – on Sennen, Porth, Crooklets and Crackington Haven.

No-one’s fully explained the mistake – Seaside Award dog ban criteria are, as of Friday 15th May anyway, online for all to see.

The Seaside Award criteria state: “At resort style beaches dogs must be excluded from the award area of the beach during the bathing season.

If a dog ban is not in force during the bathing season, a clear dog control policy must be in place before an award can be made

Cllr Rob Nolan confessed: “We said Blue Flag beaches were the exception, then we realised seaside award beaches would lose their status without the same restrictions.

“It was all amended and added in a week before the decision was made public. We sent out an email to all councillors to let them know.

“It doesn’t affect an awful lot of beaches and if we didn’t do it then those with Seaside Awards could lose them.”

Businesses in places like Porth – Seaside Award but not Blue Flag – invited and booked guests with dogs, and say the official bungling will damage their trade.

As of this week, and until October, dogs are banned 10am to 6pm at:

Carbis Bay

Crackington Haven


Gyllyngvase, Falmouth



Porthmeor, St Ives

Porthminster, St Ives





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