Five little donkeys will be offering youngsters in south Essex a taste of traditional seaside fun, but not on the seaside.Barmy animal rights nutters again?
Jayne Johns wanted to offer donkey rides on Southend seafront, but was told by the council she wasn’t allowed.
But she has been given permission by Rochford District Council to start the rides in the car park and play area of Hockley Woods.
No, this is barmy council nutters:
John Lamb, Southend councillor responsible for tourism and regeneration, explained why the donkeys were not allowed on the beach.Apparantly, offering to clean up after the donkeys isn’t going to help:
He said: “The problem we have is we have Blue Flag and Coastal Award beaches, which restrict what we can and can’t do. ”
“They might say they will pick up the donkey mess but they can’t pick up urine. We need to safeguard the water quality and keep the beaches clean to get the awards which attract visitors. ”Which is odd, because as people point out in the comments, dogs are allowed on the beach Oct-Apr. Do they not pee on the sand?
Come to think of it, since this is Southend, do toddlers not pee on the sand as well?
“I love donkeys and remember having rides as a child but times have changed.”Yes, indeed, times have changed. Now, we elect dumb, unwilling, stubborn animals to council seats instead of letting kiddies ride them…