Pembrokeshire County Council is encouraging and promoting responsible dog ownership to ensure that we can all enjoy the County’s glorious beaches this summer.
With Covid-19 restrictions easing and lots of people expected to head to the coast, respecting one another and the natural environment will be more important than ever.
And, as a dog-friendly County, Pembrokeshire will be welcoming many four-legged friends too.
While visiting and enjoying Pembrokeshire beaches, dog lovers are asked to be mindful of some restrictions regarding their pets.
Between 1st May and 30th September dogs are not permitted on the North Beach in Tenby, or Whitesands Beach near St Davids.
However, some other beaches have specific dog-free areas designated.
Other areas indicate where dogs must be kept on leads.
The byelaws are in place so that everyone, dog owners and non-dog owners alike, can enjoy their time at the seaside.
Updated signage detailing the byelaws will be displayed on all beaches, main beach access and exit points, plus signs and flags being displayed and flown by lifeguards.
This will help pet owners to take their pets to the areas of beach designated for their enjoyment.
The signage used will be part of a wider campaign to encourage responsible behaviour while visiting and enjoying Pembrokeshire.
While engaging with members of the public, explaining the byelaws and encouraging responsible behaviour will always be the preference, there has also been a change to how the restrictions will be monitored.
Enforcement Teams will be working alongside the patrols currently undertaken to address littering and dog fouling in our communities.
Where appropriate, Fixed Penalty Notices of £75 can be issued. This can rise up to £500 if the matter were to be successfully prosecuted in court.
It is hoped that by engaging, advising and promoting the byelaws, supported by new signage, the Council can encourage people to be even more responsible dog owners.
This will result in a fun, positive experience for all beach users this summer.
Pembrokeshire County Council Leader Cllr David Simpson, said: “Pembrokeshire can’t wait to welcome all those who have been dreaming about a walk on the beach throughout much of the past year.
“We know and understand that dogs are part of the family and taking your pets out to the beach for the day or a simple walk at the seaside is so important.
“We hope that by engaging and explaining we can promote responsible dog ownership this summer to ensure everyone can enjoy their time on our incredible coast.
“Please plan your visits and take the time to have a look at the maps of the dog free areas and other information available and we look forward to welcoming everyone, whether two legs or four, once again.”
For more information, see: https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/dog-control
Maps of the dog free areas and further information can be downloaded at: https://www.visitpembrokeshire.com/downloads