Beach warning for dog owners

DOG owners are being reminded that the seasonal dog ban restrictions on some of the main tourist beaches in the Scarborough area begin on Sunday.

The restrictions, which prohibit dogs from certain stretches of beaches, will continue throughout the summer season until Friday September 30 - with owners facing prosecution if caught flouting the rules.

They will apply to Scarborough’s North Bay, from the northernmost beach slipway at the Sands development to the beach steps immediately to the south of the beach slipway at Scalby Mills, and the South Bay, from the West Pier to the southernmost flight of steps leading to the beach at the roundabout next to the underground car park.

They also apply in Filey, from Royal Parade to the beach slipway which separates the Coble Landing from the Promenade. in Whitby, the West Beach from the West Pier to the east side of the beach steps adjacent to the western end of the beach chalets, and in Sandsend, from the steps below the public conveniences at Sandhills to the slipway at the southern end of Bank Bottom car park.

Steve Pogson, Scarborough Council’s health and community safety manager, said: “We welcome all responsible dog owners to the area during the summer months but do however expect that dog owners comply with the restrictions in force as these are made so that users of the beaches can do so safely and without risk.

“Our dog warden team will be patrolling the beaches throughout the period of the restrictions, including visits on early mornings, evenings, weekends and public holidays, to advise dog owners and enforce the ban.

“As last year, we have appointed an additional seasonal officer to specifically enforce dog controls and dog fouling so our ability to enforce these restrictions has again increased significantly.

“Last summer patrols by this officer proved to be very successful and resulted in several offenders being prosecuted for dog control contraventions.”

A number of new and replacement signs together with pavement stencils at the entrances to the relevant locations will be used to identify where dogs are not allowed to access the beaches.

All other beaches within the borough are available for the exercising of dogs during this period, although dog fouling clean up requirements apply to these areas.