Beach ban for dogs

The annual beach ban for dogs comes into force from Sunday and will last for five months.

In Whitby dogs won’t be allowed on the West Cliff beach from the West Pier next to the battery parade to the far end of the beach huts.

The ban, implemented by Scarborough Borough Council (SBC), also applies to the beach at Sandsend from the steps opposite the public toilets next to the doctors surgery to the steps near the car park behind the Wits End cafe,

Teams of dog wardens will be patrolling the areas during the restrictions - including early mornings, evenings and weekends - to enforce the ban.

An extra officer has been appointed specifically to enforce regulations surrounding dog control and dog fouling.

New and replacement signs at the banned areas will be put up while other beaches in Whitby and the surrounding area are still available for people to use to exercise their dogs.

Steve Pogson, SBC health and community safety manager said: “Last summer patrols by this officer proved to be very successful and resulted in several offenders being prosecuted for dog control contraventions.

“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 beach can do so safely and without risk.”