Image demonstrating Partial summer dog ban on Newbiggin and Blyth beaches

Partial summer dog ban on Newbiggin and Blyth beaches

 
A partial seasonal dog ban on two Northumberland beaches is due to come back into effect on May 1.
 
In 2011 Northumberland County Council first put in place an exclusion order on dogs accessing parts of beaches at Newbiggin and Blyth over the summer months.

The measures mean dogs are not allowed on the section of beach at Newbiggin from the breakwater beside Church Point to the access from the promenade beside Sidney Crescent, from May 1 to September 30 each year.
 
They are also forbidden from the section of beach at Blyth from the access at Beachway to the access at the southern end of the Links Road car park, again from May 1 to September 30.

Most people honour this annual agreement but anyone breaching the ban will be issued with an on the spot fixed penalty notice of £100. If unpaid then the council will normally prosecute and the court can issue a fine of up to £1000.00.
 
Northumberland County Councillor, Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for local services said:  “It is not our aim to make life difficult for responsible dog owners, but to ensure that our public spaces can be enjoyed by everybody.”
 
“ Dog fouling is an important local issue and a summer ban on sections of these beaches was introduced seven years ago. It offers  a compromise for local dog walkers while enabling us to keep areas dog free, clean and safe for children playing during the summer months.”
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