New legal backing for dog rules in Dorset

Swanage dog owners should be aware that a new legal framework around dogs in public spaces will be brought into force by Dorset Council in the new year.

The Public Spaces Protection Order, which is being implemented following a 15 week long consultation, sets out to provide consistent  and clear controls on dogs in public spaces across the Dorset Council area. It comes into effect on Friday 1st January 2021.

Advertisement 

What are the rules?

The rules for dogs on Swanage and Studland beaches will remain unchanged.

On Swanage Main Beach, dogs are not allowed on the beach between the 1st May and 30th September. 

During the rest of the year, dogs are allowed on the beach and do not need to be on a lead.

Dogs should be on leads in areas surrounding the beach, including pavements at all times of the year

In the survey of Swanage conducted as part of the consultation, 60 percent of those residents polled, favoured keeping the summer ban.

At Studland, dogs are allowed on the beach all year round, but during the summer months (1st May to 30th September), dogs must be kept on a lead.

In the consultation, Natural England favoured an all year round lead mandate, but in the end this was not adopted. However, dogs must be on a lead in the car park and roads leading to the beach at all times of the year.

Dogs must be on leads on Studland’s beaches from 1st May to 30th September

Public health

Councillor Jill Haynes, Dorset Council portfolio holder for customer and community services, said:

“The order has been made to protect the health of Dorset residents and visitors and is particularly aimed at areas that children and families use.

“It focuses on times and places that attract families, but leaves a variety of open spaces, countryside and beaches where there aren’t any restrictions.

“It is a compromise, and as such, won’t be everyone’s ideal situation but it provides a balance for dog owners and non-owners.”

Over a 15 week period, the consultation saw 8,602 responses from all over the county, 83 percent of which came from residents, 15 percent from visitors and 2 percent from organisations.

The recommendations were approved by the Place and Resources Overview Committee in September and by Dorset Council Cabinet in October 2020.

Share this story

Contact us

Do you have anything to add to this story?

We like to keep everything up-to-date, so if you know more, please help us by getting in touch.

Advertisement 

Top stories

Top comedians film at Purbeck’s Square and Compass pub TV and stage comics Bill Bailey and Paul Merton stopped off for a pint in Worth Matravers in Dorset on a mission to get men to talk about mental health. 1 week ago What’s on in Swanage: Festivals line-up for 2024 2 weeks ago Sea Rex museum to shut for a month as crowds flock to Purbeck 3 weeks ago Official launch for new Purbeck cider with a golden touch 4 weeks ago Oil well at Wytch Farm to be shut down within four years 1 week ago

Most recent

Home grown Swanage talent makes artistic splash at The Mowlem Self taught Swanage artist Josh Hollingshead has been around the world to find inspiration for his paintings - and is now in high demand at home. 16 hours ago Swanage family’s fund raising thank you for saving their baby’s life 2 days ago Swanage cancer charity founders honoured with top Rotary award 3 days ago Swanage councillors set to pass Motion for the Ocean 4 days ago Happy hour again as house martins get new nests in Purbeck 5 days ago