Dog walkers are being reminded that summer restrictions for dogs on beaches are coming into force.
Between May 1 and September 30, dogs will be banned from Whitley Bay’s south beach, Cullercoats Bay, King Edward’s Bay and the south end of Tynemouth Longsands.
Signs are displayed at every location and breaking the law could lead to prosecution.
Dog-walkers can still take their pets on the section of Whitley Bay beach north of Panama Gardens and at the northern end of Tynemouth Longsands, towards Cullercoats.
Marcus Jackson, Local Environment Services Team Leader at the council, said: “Here in North Tyneside, our beaches are one of our biggest attractions, as shown by our three Blue Flags and four Seaside Awards.
“We have more awards for our beaches than any other area in the North East and to maintain this, we have to implement a dog ban in the summer.”
In October 2017, North Tyneside Council introduced Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) in the borough. This followed a public consultation exercise that took place during summer 2017.
The PSPOs relate to the priorities of the Our North Tyneside Plan where our places will be:
- great places to live, and attract others to visit or work here
- clean, green, healthy, attractive and safe
PSPOs are designed to tackle activities that have had, or are likely to have, a detrimental effect on the quality of life of local communities. The power to make PSPOs has been brought about by new Anti-Social Behaviour legislation.
For more information on dogs on beaches or the PSPOs, visit www.northtyneside.gov.uk and search for ‘dogs’ or call 0345 2000 103.