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2015-05-05 06:00
False Bay residents are having their say on the demarcation of animal zones on beaches. 


False Bay residents are having their say on the demarcation of animal zones on beaches. PHOTO: MONIQUE DUVAL

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Dog lovers are invited to have their say on proposed animal-friendly zones on beaches along the False Bay coast.

The new zones will mark where animals may paw the sand and where they won’t be welcome on beaches between Noordhoek and Blue Waters.

Public participation on the proposal ­began last week with two exhibitions.

The new zones were first tabled at the South Peninsula subcouncil meeting in November but deferred as councillors felt more consultation with the public was needed (“New leash for animals”, People’s Post, 25 November).

Last Tuesday and Wednesday exhibitions were held in Muizenberg and Simon’s Town respectively. Here officials from the City of Cape Town’s sports, amenities and recreation department displayed posters showing the new zones and addressed questions raised by residents.

If a resident had a concern about the new zones, they were asked to fill in a form and list their concerns.

The proposed zoning suggests that dogs will not be allowed at the City-owned resorts Soetwater, Miller’s Point and Blue ­Waters.

The stretch of coast between Kommetjie and Noordhoek have been divided into various zones – some prohibit dogs and horses, some allow dogs to run free and lastly parts where dogs are allowed but have to be on leashes.

The proposal bars dogs from Long Beach in Simon’s Town, Water’s Edge and Glencairn beach, including the tidal pools.

At Mackerel beach dogs may run free.

At Fish Hoek beach dogs will be prohibited in the area between the restaurant and the fisherman’s hut. From the hut to the Silvermine stream dogs on leashes will be allowed.

Further down the coastline on Clovelly beach they will be allowed to run free before 09:00 and after 18:00.

Between Sunrise and Zonwabe beaches dogs are allowed on leashes.

Dogs and horses are barred from the area between Strandfontein Pavillion and the edge of Nine Miles.

In earlier comment, Belinda Walker, mayoral committee member for community services and special projects, explained the council decided to delegate the demarcation of animal zones on beaches to subcouncils.

For this reason the sport, recreation and amenities department has undertaken to make recommendations to subcouncils to help them in the demarcation of these animal zones within their areas.

“These recommendations have been ­formulated through consultation with various line departments including, among ­others, environmental resource management, law enforcement, solid waste management and City health. The demarcation of animal zones will ultimately lead to the installation of appropriate signage, the provision of additional litter bins where the need is identified and the improved regulation of animals and their interaction with humans and other animals in an area with multiple users.”

Subcouncil chairperson Felicity Purchase says she has received many emails on the proposed zones and to date most residents want the status quo to remain. V

The deadline for comments is Thursday 30 April. For comments or enquiries contact Helen Jordaan at 021 400 1691, helen.jordaan@capetown.gov.za or beach.enquiries@capetown.gov.za

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