Residents are reminded that dogs are not allowed on any of the Borough’s beaches from 1 May to 30 September.
Following the Government lockdown for the Coronavirus pandemic, the council relaxed these rules as the beaches were empty with people staying home. However, following the Prime Minister’s easing of lockdown on 10 May, many more people are using the beaches.
If you take a dog, other than a guide dog, onto any beach within the restricted period you could face a fine. This includes the mudflats, whether the tide is in or out.
Cllr Carole Mulroney, cabinet member for environment and planning, said: “The council’s policies around domestic dogs on beaches have been in place for some time, and are there to ensure all visitors are able to enjoy their time at the beach in safety and as clean an environment as possible.
“We recognised that with lockdown in place, many people were out taking dogs to the park, so providing additional space was important. Now we are experiencing vast numbers flocking to our beaches, we have resumed enforcing the policy. We do appreciate most dog owners responsibly clean up after their dogs, but the restrictions are in place to maintain the safety and environment of those using the beaches”
The policies are in place to allow dog owners to make use of the beaches in the non-peak months of the year, when visitor numbers are low.