Earlier tonight in the Community Centre Fred Holmes called for River Community Council to back West CC in attempts to have signs erected on the Central Beach (the first bit of the West Beach really, the name Central is a modern invention by local government) asking for people not to take their dogs on that beach but to go elsewhere. Fred's motion failed to find a seconder.
There is nothing that the authorities can do to stop people taking their dogs on the beaches. Familiar arguments were heard during the debate but despite Fred's protestations River CC were reluctant to support their Westie colleagues. There is another side to this of course, there are those that seem to like coming to Nairn with their dogs, perhaps they even have money to spend as well?
Nairn, I've discovered, is quite a dog loving town - the beach is a real dog walking magnet. twitter.com/JackieMore4Dog…
— Jackie Hendry (@JackieMore4Dogs) September 18, 2012
Dangerous dogs seem to worry some people, to this observer the answer is that if you are on the beach and you think that a dog is out of control and a danger to yourself and others then call the police. A sign will not enforce anything and the majority of dog owners that keep their dogs under control will only ignore them too. Even the former Council signs that told people that dogs were not allowed on the beach were also unenforceable and some have suggested that they were also illegal.