Dog Control Orders - St Ives. Results of recent public consultation and figures for penalty notices for dog fouling

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Dear Cornwall Council,

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I request the information below.

A) Of the responses to the recent public consultation into revoking the current Dog Control Orders at St Ives, please provide:

1. The figures for the number of people who supported the revocation of the current DCO, which allows dog owners on the beaches in the evenings and early mornings at the current time.

2. The figures for the number of people who opposed the revocation of the current DCO.

B) If the number of people who opposed the ban was greater than the number who supported it, please provide the following information:

1. Why the wishes of the majority were ignored, in favour of the few.

2. On what basis the results of a public consultation can be ignored.

C) Please provide the following information:

1. Why it was acceptable for a cabinet member from Bodmin (60 miles away) to sign the revocation off, despite the fact that St Ives is not part of their portfolio.

D) Please also provide the following information:

1. The number of Fixed Penalty Notices for dog fouling in Penwith and particularly St Ives, from 2008-2012.

Yours faithfully,

Penny Bunn

Cornwall Council

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Dear Ms Bunn

 

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your request for information under the Environmental Information
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Dear Cornwall Council,

I thank you for your responses to my FOIA Request but am unsure why your most recent response has treated my Request as a complaint.

This isn't a complaint. It is a request under the FOIA Act, for information.

If a DCO is not enforced, it isn't valid, according to the guidelines published by Defra. Therefore, in order to ensure that the DCO at St Ives is valid, the council needs to be able to show that those breaching the DCO have been fined.

It is not good enough to claim that there have been 42 prosecutions across Cornwall, or that you have no figures for 2011 or 2012. If you have no figures, that must mean there were no fines issued. Can you confirm that, please?

By law, you must be able to demonstrate that where DCOs are in place, they have been enforced. By law, therefore, you must have the information you claim you do not have the staff to provide.

Shortage of staff isn't the public's problem. You have basically closed Cornwall off to thousands of dog walkers across the country, with no real valid reason for doing so. When taking these decisions, it is up to the council in question to ensure that they have appropriate staff levels to enforce DCOs and keep an accurate log of where fines have been issued.

Given the very tiny numbers involved, I suggest it would take only a very short time for a member of staff to identify where fines were issued to dog owners contravening your DCOs.

My request focused on St Ives and I am sure you can easily tell me how many fines have been issued there, given the small quantity of fines you will have to look at.

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act and I require that it is treated a such, please, not as a complaint.

You have facilitated the banning of dogs from all St Ives beaches, in contravention of ALL equality laws, and I would like to know, please, how many people have been fined since the ban was introduced.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully

Penny Bunn

Yours faithfully,

Penny Bunn

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Thank you for your Freedom of Information/Environmental Information Regulations request.
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Dear Cornwall Council,

This request is now long overdue and I would appreciate a proper reply, please.

You tried to turn it into a complaint when last we communicated, and it is not.

It is an FOIA request and I request, please, that you treat it as such and fulfil your legal obligations accordingly.

Yours faithfully,

Penny Bunn

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