SOME dog walkers are ignoring a summer beach ban in Swansea, and a sign has been defaced.
And a small number of surfers and a swimmer appeared unable to resist the lure of the sea.
The dog ban bye-law is in force from May 1 to September 30 and covers Bracelet Bay, Limeslade Bay, Rotherslade Bay, Langland Bay, Caswell Bay, and sections of Swansea beach and Port Eynon beach.
It is a perennial talking point, but this year’s lockdown has got tongues wagging even more because people are not allowed to drive anywhere to exercise.
Some councillors have been asked to continue lobbying council chiefs for a temporary suspension of the summer ban.
Pictures taken on May 4 by a Swansea resident suggest some owners were ignoring it.
The person who took them said he had counted between 20 and 30 dogs on Langland beach by 1pm.
He said children were more likely to be running around in bare feet on beaches in the summer.
“Some dog owners may disagree but children are far more important than dogs so the welfare of children should obviously take precedence,” he said.
A small number of councils have relaxed dog beach bans during the lockdown.
Cllr Will Thomas, whose patch covers Langland, said: “The large majority of people have been asking for the ban to be lifted.
“However, there are a number of residents who have contacted me with concerns about that proposal.”
He added: “I understand it must be frustrating for residents to see such a lack of flexibility from the council.”
Bishopston and Mayals councillors, Lyndon Jones and Linda Tyler-Lloyd, also said they’d been asked by residents to push for a suspension of the summer ban.
Cllr Tyler-Lloyd said: “The promenade is so narrow. You’ve got walkers and cyclists – and the cyclists go too fast – which is why people with dogs are going on the beach.”
Cllr Jones said the continuation of the bye-law was “disappointing”, and added: “We are not asking for something to be changed forever.”
St Thomas ward member, Cllr Clive Lloyd, said he’d only had a request to change which part of Swansea beach was restricted to make it easier for people in his patch to access the section which wasn’t restricted.
“That’s perhaps something in principle I would support,” he said.
But Cllr Lloyd said changing a bye-law was “a bit of a nightmare”.
Meanwhile, a sign at Rotherslade about the summer dog ban has recently been defaced.
Jim Young, who has a beach hut at Rotherslade, said: “I can see why some people argue for the ban to be lifted under current circumstances, but it is there for a reason.
“The beaches are busier in the summer, and there are usually lots of children on there, who might be worried by a dog.
“And if you ignore one bye-law, then what is to stop you ignoring another? It is the thin end of the wedge.”
There are 15 beaches in Swansea which don’t have a summer dog ban.
A council spokesman said: “We are monitoring beaches and will look at carrying out enforcement if the public are not assisting by observing the restrictions.”
Surfers and swimmers should also not enter the water under the current rules.