The busy summer months have come to an end and the Lincolnshire coast is starting to quieten down as colder weather approaches. From the beginning of May to the end of September, there are certain rules and restrictions for dog owners to abide by on our county’s beaches.
Dogs are banned from specified areas of beaches during this period in coastal towns such as Skegness, Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea. These rules are in place under East Lindsey District Council‘s Public Space Protection Order which aims to encourage responsible dog ownership.
Anyone who commits an offence under any of the provisions of the Public Space Protection Order is liable on conviction in the Magistrates Court to a fine of up to £1,000. From Saturday, September 30, certain rules will be relaxed, meaning you can take your furry friends for a seaside stroll.
Here are the rules for Lincolnshire beaches with changes now in place on a number of them:
While dogs are welcome around the town of Skegness, the busiest sections of the beach are subject to a banning order, in force between May 1 and September 30. The affected section runs from the lifeboat house on Tower Esplanade up to the skate park at the end of North Parade.
Dogs also must be placed and kept on a lead on the promenade between this period, in the beach ban areas. Breaching the rules could cost you between £75 and £1,000, however, the rules are soon to be relaxed for the colder months.
Mablethorpe Beach also limits access to the beach for dogs over the summer, from May 1 to September 30. There are, however, areas that you can access with your dogs during that period.
An exclusion zone runs from the outfall pipe north of the town centre pullover down to the pullover on the south edge of Queens Park. These rules will soon be relaxed until May next year, meaning you can walk your dog in these areas without committing an offence.
Ingoldmells South Beach
Ingoldmells allows dogs on the sandy South Beach all year round without restrictions. So if you are looking for a reliable place to give your pooch some much-needed exercise, this could be the best place for you.
Dogs are not allowed on the section of beach from Bohemia to just below Council Chalets. They are, however, allowed to roam the vast areas in between. This restriction applies from May 1 to September 30, so anytime in between this period is fine.
Chapel St Leonards
There is a rule in place to ban all dogs on the beach 200 metres either side of the Main Pullover in Chapel St Leonards from May 1 to September 30 in any same year. Dogs must be placed and kept on a lead at all times on the Promenade between Trunch Lane & Chapel Point, Chapel St Leonards.
Dogs must be placed and kept on a lead at all times on the village green, in the cemetery and churchyard, and on land owned by Chapel St Leonards Parish Council at Chapel Point, to include the car park, grassed area used for picnics, walkways and ramps.