As regular readers will know, the Cromercroxi love taking Canis cromercroxorum for walks on Cromer beach. A small section of the beach around the Pier is closed to dogs between May and September, but that’s fine – there’s plenty of beach to go round.
Except, that is, if this dreadful government has its way. Not content with ruining our lives in all sorts of other ways, it has a bill going through Parliament that could, potentially, get dogs baned from every single inch of our coastline.
The Marine and Coastal Access Bill, introduced by Labour Peer Lord Hunt of King’s Heath (which is about as far from the sea as it’s possible to be in England) and currently going through parliament, has a provision to create a path that goes round the nation’s entire coastline. Because the area and route for this would be quite specific, it opens the way for local councils to introduce Dog Control Orders for any or all parts of the route under their jurisdiction.
I for one intend to ignore this provision if it comes into law.