Debate begins over dog ban on Seaham’s beaches

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PROPOSALS to ban dogs from Seaham’s beaches for the summer have gone out for consultation.

Durham County Council wants to put a Dog Control Order in place, which means the pets would not be allowed on a specified stretch of the sands between April 1 and September 30.

If approved by cabinet members next Wednesday, the plan would come into effect next year, but will first be subject to public consultation to gauge support.

The ban, called for by Seaham Town Council, would not extend to the promenade or the area of the beach north of Seaham Hall car park.

People would also still be able to walk their dogs along the entire beach between October 1 and May 31.

The county council says while an education-first approach would be adopted, anyone in breach of the order would be liable to a fixed penalty notice of £80, or £50 if paid earl, with guide and assistance dogs to be exempt.