Councillor investigated over ‘dog on beach’

By Caleb Spencer in Environment

AN ABERYSTWYTH councillor is believed to be under investigation for a potential breach of dog bylaws on a beach within his own ward, the Cambrian News understands.

Cllr Aled Davies, who is county councillor for Aberystwyth Rheidol ward, is understood to have been reported to Ceredigion County Council’s chief executive Bronwen Morgan for walking a dog on an area of Aberystwyth South Beach where they are banned during the summer months.

The council confirmed it was conducting an investigation into a “possible breach of dog control provisions” at the beach, but did not say who it was investigating.

Dogs are banned on large parts of most of Ceredigion’s beaches from 1 May until 31 September, although the council has been criticised in the past for not policing these restrictions.

John Evans, owner of Yr Hafod Guest House on South Marine Terrace, which overlooks Aberystwyth South Beach, provided the Cambrian News with a photograph, taken at 7.46am on 25 August this year, of Cllr Davies apparently throwing a ball for a dog on the beach.

A woman has told the Cambrian News that the dog was hers, and that she had accompanied Cllr Davies while he was collecting rubbish on the beach.

“I wish to confirm that I am the owner responsible for the dogs that were on the beach,” Rosario Romero said in a letter.

Cllr Davies, who did not wish to comment on the allegation specifically, did however confirm that he regularly does clean-ups in his ward.

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