Fleetwood beaches are subject to Dog Control Orders – which include rules about when and where you can take your dog throughout the year
This includes when and where you can take your dog on the beach, and where they should be on a lead.
This standard type of signage can be found on bathing beaches in Fleetwood, as it can on other beaches not just here on the Fylde Coast but all around the UK.
Dog Ban on the Beach
Between 1 May and 30 September dogs are not allowed on Marine Beach at the back of the Marine Hall – from the east side of the slipway opposite Promenade Road to the west side of the former Fleetwood Pier site.
On the spot fixed penalty notices of £75 to enforce the dog control orders as prescribed by section 59 of the Clean Neighbourhoods Act 2005 will be issued by authorised officers of the council. Failure to pay the fine within 14 days of issue may lead to prosecution and a criminal conviction. The maximum penalty on summary conviction in a magistrates’ court will be £1000.
You can take your dog off it’s lead on other beaches in Fleetwood.
Dogs on Leads on the Promenade
Dogs must be kept on a lead on the promenade at Fleetwood.
You can download information about Dog Controls in Fleetwood here
Dogs on Beaches
It’s increasingly common at seaside resorts all over the UK that dogs aren’t allowed on beaches during the summer season. Rules do vary from place to place and it’s usually to do with whether the area is classed as a bathing beach or not.
If the area is classed as a bathing beach it will also be subject to water testing throughout the season, the results of which are used towards the rating of the beach.
The Marine Conservation Society rates bathing waters for the Good Beach Guide, which helps you to find a clean beach around the UK.Keep Britain Tidy rate facilities and the overall environment at beaches around the UK for their Seaside Award, which identifies beaches that are clean, safe, attractive and well managed. Both systems help you to know whether facilities are good and the environment is clean and safe.
A bathing beach is one that’s in a popular area and well used, although there are of course many other miles of beaches which aren’t classified within this system where you might enjoy walking, sports or other beach activities.
Dog fouling is a problem – full stop – but it’s a problem on bathing beaches not only because it’s revolting but because it pollutes the sea water. All around the UK huge amounts of work are being carried out at great effort and expense to clean up our shores and prevent sewage and other types of contamination (for example run-off from farmland etc) from entering the sea water. It is therefore counterproductive to allow dog faeces to enter the sea.
It is just as important that you pick up if you are on a beach which isn’t a designated bathing beach or where there aren’t any restrictions on dogs. Please bag it, pick it up and bin it.
Find out more about the Good Beach Guide here and look up your favourite beach
Find out more about the Seaside Award here
Dog Control Orders came into force in Wyre on 1 June 2012 and were amended in 2015. Read the full details at the link.
Marine Beach behind the Marine Hall
Plan of dog control orders – this sign can be seen against Ferry Beach