Beach ban for dog walkers

Concerns over banning dogs on beaches in Wyre

Concerns over banning dogs on beaches in Wyre

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Dog walkers are being reminded of summer restrictions for taking their pets on one of the Fylde coast’s top beauty spots.

Walkers are not allowed on the main St Annes beach from now until September 30.

Leisure use in summer by residents and tourists means the beach, between the far end of North Promenade car park by the old toilet block and the RNLI slipway – the area near the pier – must be clean.

Dogs are allowed, on or off a lead on all other stretches of Fylde beach all year round.

They can be walked on the main St Annes beach either on or off their lead between September 30 and May 1.

Sarah Wilson, Fylde Council’s officer in charge of dog patrols, said: “People are very understanding of this but they need a reminder at the start of each tourism season.

“We have a beach patrol and also dog wardens to remind people of the ban. The wardens and the patrol are out every day.

“Residents and visitors need a part of the beach that is dog-free.

“We think this is a good balance to strike between their needs and the needs of dog owners who still have miles of beach to use freely all year round.”

Details of dog-walking restrictions on the beaches – including a detailed map – can be found at www.fylde.gov.uk/faqs/where-walk-dog.