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Views Wanted on Dog Beach Bans in Scarborough

Views Wanted on Dog Beach Bans in Scarborough

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Carl Gavaghan at 12:40pm 7th July 2020. (Updated at 5:29pm 7th July 2020)

Residents across Scarborough are being asked for their views on the council’s ban on dogs being walked on some parts of the borough’s beaches.

Scarborough Council is consulting on its Dog Control Public Space Protection Order (PSPO), which as well as restrictions on beaches, also cover whether dogs have to be kept on leads on some green spaces, play parks and cemeteries.

The review of the PSPO was last carried out in 2017, when the council ended up carrying out two consultations, after objections to the boundary of the beach dog ban in Whitby.

In total, 1,249 people replied to the second consultation, compared to just 314 for the first.

This made it the most responded-to consultation ever carried out by the council.

The new consultation will run until August 28 and can be filled out online.

A council spokesman said:

“The borough council’s Dog Warden Service responds to complaints and incidents primarily involving stray dogs.

We also undertake enforcement of our public space protection order which details how and where dogs can be exercised.

We try and strike a balance between dog owners and people who prefer stricter limits on the exercising of dogs.

To try and achieve this consensus we consult periodically on our restrictions, we fully recognise the importance of dog ownership and try to provide plenty of areas for people to exercise their dogs on and off the lead.

We do also understand that some people want to enjoy areas free from the presence of dogs.

By taking part in this survey you can help shape our restrictions for the next three years.”

There are dog bans in place on the main sections of beach at Scarborough South Bay and North Bay, Whitby West Cliff and Tate Hill, Filey and Sandsend. The areas where dogs are not permitted will be clearly signposted at all beach access points.

To take part in the survey visit https://www.scarborough.gov.uk/dog-control-public-space-protection-order-review


There are 5 comments on this page.

Zen master7, on 7th July 2020 8:07pm
The beaches are covered in dog faeces.
So I would like to see more enforcement.
I think you do do too
Diddy dave, on 7th July 2020 8:41pm
it still boils down to humans dogs cannot pick there own mess up so if people cannot do it then yes should be ban for health and safety reasons i walk 2 dogs and it annoys me when i see dog mess its not just like rubbish any one can pick up
there could be early times and late times if tides right to use beach before and after people usage but then again some people let the dogs off and do not keep an eye on them so dont see when they mess it is a hard one to keep every one happy as their will always be people that flout the rules and unfortunately cannot or dont have someone policing the beach full time but lets not put it all down to dogs either glass and drinking is as much a proplem
Joking Apart, on 8th July 2020 10:34am
To understand the full extent of the problem we need to go back to years of police, council and community officer cutbacks. In Filey, we had regular patrols in vehicles, and on foot. Now there is just a lightweight force travelling from Scarborough and seldom foot patrols and ticket wardens. The beaches, although it's a major concern are not in parallel to the streets of Filey in terms of dogs, crime, anti-social behaviour, vandalism, littering, illegal parking and speeding. How can such offences be monitored and fined if there is no one to enforce it? Overflowing bins, dog faeces on the streets of Filey are commonplace, especially in the tourist season. Not once over the relaxation of the lockdown rules have I heard of any fines been issued, yet social media was, and still is plastered with eagle-eyed residents who witness first hand the breaches of the law in this town and on aforementioned beaches. I applaud the volunteers who help keep this little gem clean, but we all have a responsibility including our tourists to maintain the cleanliness of this town and its beaches.Why would I go to someone's house and throw rubbish in their own backyard? I wouldn't, so flouting the laws and bi-laws set out by the council and police should warrant harsher penalties as a deterrent to others.
Diddy dave, on 8th July 2020 9:38pm
totally agree when did it all start going wrong some people just dont care harsher penalties more policing the fines if done right will pay for the policing surely
Janjan, on 8th July 2020 6:48pm
Even though there is a ban we still get dogs coming up to us as we are trying to relax on the beach.
Their owners don't seem to think it is an issue.

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