Dog ban on beaches

A DOG ban will come into force on Hartlepool’s beaches at the weekend.

From Sunday, May 1, the annual seasonal ban on 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 be enforced.

It will run until September 30 with the aim of ensuring that the town’s most popular beaches remain clean and tidy during the main holiday season.

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

However, council officials are also keen to stress that there are still plenty of areas of beach within the borough where dogs can be exercised freely.

Craig Thelwell, waste and environmental services manager, said: “We want people to be able to enjoy the town’s many beaches and that includes dog owners.

“We try to cater for the needs of everyone. Although we have some stretches of beach from which dogs are banned between May and September, we will still have plenty of areas where they are allowed.”