Dog ban on Scarborough borough's beaches 'is likely to be enforced from mid-June': Here's why

Busier beaches will mean a ban on dogs will return to parts of Scarborough, Whitby and Filey.

Thursday, 4th June 2020, 12:30 pm

Scarborough Borough Council is looking at enforcing the annual restriction on parts of its beaches in the coming weeks.

Deptuy Leader of the council Liz Colling said the move comes after recent glorious weather led to many people using the borough's beaches.

“Because the beaches are busier, we have had some concerns about the mixture of dogs and children,” she said.

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She estimated the enforcement will start from mid-June but stressed the council intends to give pet-owners a week’s notice.

There are dog bans in place on the main sections of beach at Scarborough South Bay and North Bay, Whitby’s West Cliff, Tate Hill, Filey, and Sandsend.

The restrictions usually come into force on May 1 and Scarborough Borough Council had initially announced it would be pressing ahead with its usual enforcement.

At the time, the council said the reasons for enforcing the ban were to help to improve the bathing water quality in the borough and that there were legal difficulties in reversing the public space protection order without a public consultation and a vote.

But there was outcry from pet-owners including demands the council changed its mind and a petition calling for dogs to be given full use of the beaches in Scarborough, Whitby and Filey, to give dog-walkers chance to social-distance on the beaches.

The council then said it would not pro-actively enforce the restrictions for the first four weeks after May 1, with a review of the situation after that.

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