FILEY dog owners have been put on a tight leash in a bid to protect the town’s golden sands.
Scarborough Council bosses have launched their annual seasonal crackdown on pet fanatics with a blanket ban on dogs roaming the beach throughout the summer.
The ban stretches from Royal Parade to the slipway separating Coble Landing and the Promenade and will come into force on Tuesday.
Anyone caught flouting the ban could be slapped with a fine of up to £1,000.
The ban will run until Sunday, September 30.
Steve Pogson, Scarborough Council’s Health and Community Safety Manager, said the authority was committed to maintaining the beach in as pristine condition as possible to accentuate its lure for local resident and tourists alike.
He said: “Although we welcome dog owners to the area, these restrictions are in place to ensure the health and safety of all beach users in the summer months when there are more people, especially children playing on the beach.
“Our dog warden team will be patrolling the beaches throughout this period, including visits on early mornings, evenings, weekends and public holidays, to advise dog owners and enforce the ban.”
Mr Pogson added the council would ensure signs were erected in relevant areas and pavement markings near the affected locations would be drawn up to clearly identify where dogs were banned.
The council has also enforced the same restrictions on North Bay and South Bay in Scarborough and Whitby’s West Beach.
However, bosses have confirmed all other beaches across the borough will still be available for the exercising of dogs during the period, though dog fouling clean up requirements still applied.