Pet owners in Folkestone and Hythe count the cost of dog-free beach rules

Contributed by editor on Feb 06, 2017 - 12:55 PM

Two dog owners face fines and costs totalling more than £500 after ignoring Shepway’s beach ban on dogs.



A woman from Sandgate, pleaded guilty at Canterbury Magistrates Court on Tuesday (31 January) to walking her dog on the beach at West Parade, Hythe and a man from Folkestone, pleaded guilty by letter to taking his dog on nearby Sunny Sands.


Both beaches are among those that are ‘dog-free’ from 1 May to 30 September.

Both were seen by Shepway District Council environmental enforcement officers on one of their regular patrols around the district. They were issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £80.

When they failed to pay, the council took them to court under the Dogs Exclusion Shepway District Order 2012.

Magistrates fined them each £100 and ordered them to pay £150 costs and a victim surcharge of £30.

Cllr Stuart Peall, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “Some of our wonderful beaches are dog-free in summer as not everyone wants to share them with dogs.


"There is no excuse to flout the dog-free rules because the restrictions are clearly signed and there are plenty of other beaches for dogs to enjoy at any time of the year.


"We will fine people who flout the rules and prosecute anyone who does not pay their fixed penalty notices.”


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