Dog ban, Lyme Regis and Charmouth

PUBLISHED: 15:36 13 May 2010 | UPDATED: 01:14 16 June 2010

DOGS have been banned from some areas of Lyme Regis and Charmouth - with offending owners facing fines or prosecution.

DOGS have been banned from some areas of Lyme Regis and Charmouth - with offending owners facing fines or prosecution.

The council said the move came after listening to residents and would be enforced by wardens.

Dog Control Orders will tell owners where they can and cannot walk their pets, at which times of the year, and if the dogs have to be on leads.

Principal Environmental Health Officer Jeanette Guy said: "Tourism is the lifeblood of West Dorset and the district needs clean beaches and play areas for both visitors and residents.

"It's important that dog owners pay attention to the prominent signs around the district, which in West Bay and Lyme Regis also show dog friendly areas in the area.

"We encourage responsible dog ownership and hope beach-goers and pet owners can equally enjoy the wonderful coastline we have on our doorstep."

Dog owners are also being reminded to always clean up after their dog on private or public land unless they have the landowner's permission.

* If members of the public see anyone not clearing up after their dog, they are asked to report it to the district council by calling 01305 2521010 or at www.dorsetforyou.com/dogwarden/west.

*Exclusion areas include:

The front town beach in Lyme Regis, from April 1 through to 31 October (the rest of the year dogs must be kept on a lead; sports pitches and play areas, where signed, at Charmouth beach and West Beach, from May 1 to September 30.

*Areas where dogs are only allowed on leads are: Gun Cliff Walk through to the Cobb, in Lyme Regis Borough Gardens.

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