Cllr Antóin Watters: Good Weather Attracts Bad Habits

Sinn Féin Councillor Antóin Watters has asked people to take care of the beach and leave it as you find it. This request comes after the councillor received numerous complaints from local people around Templetown Beach as people have flocked to it with the good weather.

Cllr Watters said “No one wants to ruin anyone’s fun in this weather but I’m asking people to respect the beach and clean up after yourself. There has been an increase in the number of BBQ sets and plastic containers left on the beach. You wouldn’t dream of leaving these lying around if your BBQ was in your back garden so why leave them behind somewhere else? We are all aware of the danger of plastic to the seas and oceans.”

Horse fouling on beach

Cllr Watters has also received several complaints about horses on the beach. “There are strict bye-laws regarding horses on blue flag beaches and that includes Templetown Beach. Horses are not allowed on the beach between 10:00 – 18:00 during the summer months according to the Control of Horses Act.  The reasons for these bye-laws are obvious, especially if we are enjoying the kind of weather we have had lately. When a beach is busy, as Templetown has been recently, it becomes dangerous to have horses on the beach. These horses are putting people at risk of serious injury, not to mention the fouling that is taking place which isn’t fair on other beach users.”

Take your BBQ and rubbish home with you

The fixed penalty for breach of these bye-laws is €63 and Councillor Watters has been in contact with Council officials and Gardaí this morning. “I have requested additional signage to be erected at Templetown Beach to inform people of the restrictions and asked the Gardaí to be extra vigilant for enforcement. Members of the Public should also notify the Gardaí of any breaches. Let’s keep the beach safe for everyone to enjoy.”