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Dogs on beaches

Posted by on 7 May 2020 | Comments

Dog owners are reminded that dogs are not allowed on some East Suffolk beaches between 1 May and 30 September.

There has been some speculation that because of Covid-19, the existing rules regarding dogs on beaches have been relaxed. This is not the case.

All existing Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs), which detail the areas where dogs must be kept on a lead, or areas where dogs are not allowed, are still in place. These include PSPOs which prohibit dogs from signposted areas of beach at Felixstowe, Aldeburgh, Thorpeness, Lowestoft and Corton. In Southwold, these restrictions apply from 1 April to 30 September.

We understand that these are unusual times and know that dog walking is an excellent way of getting your daily exercise however it is a criminal offence to breach any of the PSPOs and anyone caught doing so may receive a fine of up to £2,500.

Cllr James Mallinder, East Suffolk’s Cabinet Member for the Environment said: “Keeping your dog on a lead where required and not walking in restricted areas means everyone, with or without a dog, can enjoy these spaces. As always, we would remind dog walkers to make sure they clear up after their dog and dispose of the waste in the nearest litter bin.

A consultation is currently open in East Suffolk regarding a new dog control order requiring dogs to be kept on leads in certain places within the district. Residents are invited to comment on the proposals until 21 May. Full details of the proposed PSPO, and details of how to comment, can be found at www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/dog-control-order-consultation