Westward Ho! beach – dog restriction for 2019.

Dog Restriction introduced for 2019 bathing season on Westward Ho! Beach.

From the 1st of May to the 30th of September Torridge District Council will be introducing a restriction for Dogs on Westward Ho! beach and promenade. This restriction relates to the Public Spaces Protection Order, which was passed last year following a public consultation.

The Public Spaces Protection Order was introduced under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and replaces the Dog Control Order introduced by the council in 2013. This restriction will help create different areas on Westward Ho! beach to ensure that various groups can access and enjoy this popular resort. It will also help the authority to meet the criteria for the Blue Flag in 2019, which it is hoping to achieve for the 16th year in a row.

The restricted area will be the same as in previous years. Dogs will be allowed at the north end of the beach between Sandymere Bridge and the Taw/Torridge estuary. Dogs will be prohibited on the beach to the south of Sandymere Bridge and will need to be kept on a lead on the promenade. The order allows for fixed penalties of £100 to be issued in cases where owners fail to comply with the restriction.

Signage has been designed to clearly identify restricted areas and will be introduced from start of the restriction period.

Northam Burrows Lead Ranger, Michael Day, said: “The dog restriction at Westward Ho! helps us to provide both dog free and dog friendly areas on the beach. Not only is this an important part of the Blue Flag criteria, it also means that dog lovers and those not so keen on man’s best friend can all enjoy this wonderful place. We recognise what an incredible place Westward Ho! is, and we want as many people to enjoy it as possible.”

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