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Scarborough Borough Dog Ban Not Enforced

Scarborough Borough Dog Ban Not Enforced

Published by Karen Liu at 10:16am 21st April 2020.

Scarborough Borough Council has addressed the dog ban on beaches, saying it will not be enforced.

Last week the authority reminded residents that the seasonal restrictions will retained from the 1st of May.

It says it is part of a much bigger piece of legislation called a 'Public Space Protection Order' around the borough.

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Following the announcement last Friday from the council, many residents had urged the authority to change their mind. 

A petition had even been set up calling for a suspension of the restrictions. 

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Liz Colling, Deputy Leader of Scarborough Borough Council, said:

"What we have said we will do is not enforce it.

So the analogy for me is what we've said about car parking. Everybody knows the rules about car parking, but because of where we are now, we are not sending people out to check up on people.

So please, I know you're all aware of the rules. We're not going to punish you if you disobey the rules, but please could you be mindful of other beach users."

About the ban, Liz added:

"We do it for a number of reasons, not least of which, is to try to keep our beaches and our bathing waters as clean as we can.

It's the best we can do given the circumstances.

What we've said we will do is review this. so if unfortunately we're still in some form of lockdown by the beginning of June, we will review it as the situation changes."

Liz has been speaking to Yorkshire Coast Radio's Paddy in the Morning:


There are 4 comments on this page.

neil bower, on 21st April 2020 5:24pm
Just another place for dog poo sorry dog owners but some of you dont clean up after your dogs I know it's a minority but there the ones who spoil it
Yorkshire80, on 21st April 2020 9:51pm
Too true Neil, some spoil it for others and there is a lot of dog poo about at the moment
Keek, on 21st April 2020 8:19pm
Where will the dog free zone be? Children, families, to enjoy some of what summer we may have left, on the beach. Lots of space is still allocated for dog walking on other sections of the beach!
Barra, on 21st April 2020 9:17pm
Why do so called responsible dog owners pick the dog poo up in a bag, and then throw it into a bush/ tree or on the floor. What is the point ? And if you go for a walk you see plenty of it. I know it’s the minority, but it’s disgusting.

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