Dogs banned from Hartlepool beaches - owners could face £80 fines

EXCLUSION: Seaton Carew beach, where dogs are banned from today.
EXCLUSION: Seaton Carew beach, where dogs are banned from today.
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A SEASONAL ban that excludes dogs from some Hartlepool beaches is about to come into force.

The ban, which covers a stretch of Seaton Carew beach between the Norton Hotel and the coach park, and the Fish Sands and the Block Sands on the Headland (including the lower promenade and the paddling pool), will run from today until September 30.

We feel the seasonal ban on dogs is necessary to ensure our most popular stretches of beach are clean and tidy and attractive to visitors.

Kate Ainger, project officer

The measure aims to ensure that the town’s most popular beaches remain clean and tidy during the main holiday season.

Dog owners caught breaching the ban will receive a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) fine of £80.

However, council officials have stressed that there are still plenty of other areas of beach within the borough where dogs can be exercised freely.

Project officer Kate Ainger said: “We want as many people as possible, including dog owners, to be able to enjoy the town’s beaches.

“However, we feel that the seasonal ban on dogs is necessary to ensure our most popular stretches of beach are clean and tidy and attractive to visitors who, in turn, spend money that provides a vital boost to the local economy.”

For more information about where dogs can be exercised, go to www.hartlepool.gov.uk/dogs and click on “Dog Control Orders”.