Dogs love visiting Cleethorpes. Here are three things dog owners can do to give their canine companions the best time in the resort:
- Look after the beach: Cleethorpes has an award-winning beach, let’s keep it that way. Dogs are banned from the main beach from Good Friday to 30 September.
- Look after wildlife: Cleethorpes is internationally important for wading birds. Keep dogs under control and stay on the main footpaths so you don’t disturb the wildlife.
- Look after yourself and your dog: Cleethorpes has fast incoming tides. Leave sand banks six hours before high tide. Stay away from the mud.
Dogs are not allowed on Cleethorpes beach between the leisure centre and Wonderland groyne from Good Friday to 30 September.
Signs carrying clear reminders that dogs are not allowed on the beach are prominently displayed in the area where the ban is enforced.
Penalties for taking dogs on the beach
Dog walkers will be fined £100 if they take their dogs on the restricted section of beach between those dates. Last year the Council fined 458 people taking their dogs on the beach.
Warning signs about the fines can be found along the promenade and at beach entrances in the restricted area.
Wherever you take your dog, remember to carry a dog poo bag and pick up after them.
Dog walkers will be fined £100 for not picking up their dog’s mess. Dog walkers also face a £100 fine if they don’t carry a dog poo bag or other means to pick up after their pet.
Why are dogs banned from the main beach?
Primarily it is a requirement to obtain Blue Flag Status. The Seaside awards are part of the Keep Britain Tidy portfolio. The Blue Flag Criteria states that ‘During the bathing season dogs must be excluded from the award area’.
Cleethorpes relies heavily on tourism and Blue Flag status is the bench mark that makes it stand out and attract visitors. Around the country, all beaches with a Blue Flag Status have the same stipulation. By restricting the dogs to designated areas of the beach during the summer season allows everyone to enjoy the beach.