The dog ban on Wyre’s bathing water beaches is being reinstated from tomorrow Friday 5 June.
Usually from 1 May until September 30, dogs are not allowed on parts of the beach in Fleetwood and Cleveleys that are used for bathing.
This year, the council temporarily relaxed the rules as people were not allowed to sit on the beach or travel for exercise. Now guidance has changed, the ban will be reintroduced, allowing people to enjoy dog free parts of the coastline and keep the bathing waters clean and healthy.
The restricted areas are on Cleveleys beach from Café cove to the Wyre borough boundary and on Fleetwood beach from central car park (by the café) to the coloured beach huts next to the play area. As well as not being allowed on the beach, dogs must be kept on a lead on the promenade in these areas. There are areas of beach and promenade where dogs can be off their lead however Government guidance at the moment is to have dogs on a lead at all times so that people can socially distance from others.
Wyre is proud to be home to four award winning beaches. Earlier in 2020 Rossall Beach and Jubilee Beach in Cleveleys, plus Marine Beach and Ferry Beach in Fleetwood were all given a Seaside Award for another year running. The two bathing water areas are both classified as ‘good’ in terms of water quality under tough European cleanliness standards. The seasonal dog ban is all part of keeping the standard of this rating high.
Councillor Simon Bridge, Portfolio Holder for Street Scene, Parks and Open Spaces at Wyre Council comments, “It’s important to keep these small areas restricted in the summer so that people have a space to enjoy without dogs running around. It is however just a small part of our coastline and there’s plenty more space for people to enjoy walking their dogs. Wherever you are, always pick up after your dog and remember any bin will do.
“We want our beaches to be a place of safe enjoyment so I would urge people to use them responsibly. Remember that you can only meet in groups of six and that you need to keep 2 metres away from people you don’t live with at all times.
“We’ve noticed an increase in litter along our coast now that more people are visiting. It simply is not acceptable. You must take any litter home with you if you find the bins are full. Please also remember not to remove stones, they are an important part of our sea defences and taking them can be damaging to wildlife.”
The majority of the coastline with public access is still accessible to dogs. The area of the seasonal ban is just 1.43 km of beach in Fleetwood and Cleveleys. There is a further 11.07km of coastline for people to exercise their dogs.
Anyone breaching any Public Space Protection Orders including having dogs on the restricted parts of the beach, having a dog off lead on the promenade on these areas, failing to pick up after a dog, not having the means to pick up after a dog or dropping litter can be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice.
To find out about the dog ban more go to www.wyre.gov.uk/dogs