67 people fined in Cleethorpes at the weekend for walking their dogs on the beach
North East Lincolnshire Council has issued a reminder that dogs are not allowed on Cleethorpes Beach until 30 September.
This comes as 67 fines were issued over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend in Cleethorpes for people walking their dogs on the beach between Cleethorpes Leisure Centre and Wonderland.
12 fixed penalty notices (FPNs) were issued on Friday, nine on Saturday, 26 on Sunday and 20 on Monday.
Dog walkers taking their dogs on the restricted section of the beach will be fined £100 if they do so before 30 September.
A statement from North East Lincolnshire Council reads: “Cleethorpes Beach is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and is home to a number of rare habitats and bird species.
“Wildlife along the stretch of coast can be disturbed by dogs, which can cause distress to and damage the health of the birds living on the beach.
“Migratory birds, such as curlews, need to conserve energy and build up their strength in preparation for long journeys.
They said that enforcement officers spoke to more than 200 dog owners prior to the dog ban – which came into effect on Good Friday – to remind them about picking up dog mess and keeping their dogs off the main beach.
This comes after 35 litter fines were issued to people in the resort in the week commencing 29 March, when the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions were eased.
The statement from the council continues: “Enforcement officers will continue to patrol the resort and issue FPNs for littering, dog fouling and dogs on the main beach.
“A fixed penalty notice can (FPN) be issued to any person who breaches a PSPO, giving them an opportunity to avoid prosecution by paying a fixed penalty of up to £100.
“FPNs are issued as part of North East Lincolnshire Council’s contract with Doncaster Council.
“Anyone found guilty of an offence in the Magistrates’ Court is liable, on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding level three on the court’s standard scale of fines (currently £1,000).”