Dog restrictions to come into force again this month

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This photo is for illustrative purposes only and does not represent dogs involved in specific incidents in Lyme Regis

RESTRICTIONS for dogs on beaches will be enforced by Dorset Council once again, as the government eases its lockdown restrictions.

The restrictions are outlined in Dorset’s Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) with the aim of protecting public health. However, during the lockdown the council has not been enforcing these to allow residents to make the most of their daily exercise allowance.

Now that lockdown restriction are starting to be eased and more visitors are expected on local beaches, the regulations will be enforced again.

Under the current PSPO, dogs are not allowed on Lyme Regis front beach – including the sand and shingle – from May 1 to October 1. They are, however, allowed on Church Cliff, East Cliff and Monmouth beaches.

These restrictions will be enforced again from Friday, May 22.

Cllr Tony Alford, Dorset Council’s portfolio holder for Customer, Community and Regulatory Services, said: “The restrictions have been put in place so that local families can enjoy the beach safely at  two metres distance from people who are not part of their household.

“Although beaches are open, we are still suggesting caution as far a swimming is concerned. The RNLI has said that lifeguards will not be on beaches and so is advising people not to swim.”

Dorset Council has just closed a public consultation on its current PSPO to help decide whether the current regulations should be changed. Lyme Regis Town Council has campaigned for dogs to be banned from the town’s main sandy beach and Cobb Gate shingle beach all year round, but many have signed a petition against this.

The council is also reminding people of restrictions for cycling along promenades. With the expected increase in numbers using seaside towns cyclists will need to obey local rules.

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