Public Space Protection Orders and Dog Free Beaches

We enforce a Public Space Protection Order to reduce problems caused by dogs in public places.

Our Public Space Protection Order was introduced in October 2017 in line with legislation updates to the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. It replaces the East Lindsey Dog Control Order 2008.

Under the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) it is an offence not to remove dog faeces from the following areas:

  • Any public road
  • Any private road to which the public have access (unless the owner of the road declares that he or she does not wish the order to cover it)
  • Any public footpath
  • Any private footpath to which the public have access (unless the owner of the footpath declares that he or she does not wish the order to cover it)
  • Any other land, which is open to the air and to which the public are entitled or permitted to have access (with or without payment)

Dogs are banned from any enclosed and fenced designated children's play area containing play equipment within our district. For more information please see Parks & Gardens.

Dogs are banned from 1st May to 30th September on beaches in Skegness, Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea.

It is an offence not to place a dog on a lead when requested by an appropriately Authorised Person, if the dog is deemed to be dangerously out of control. This will apply to any public open spaces as identified above.

We will issue £100 Fixed Penalty Notices for persons who fail to comply with the above order and anyone who fails to pay a Fixed Penalty Notice may be prosecuted.

Anyone who commits an offence under any of the provisions of the Public Space Protection Order will be liable on conviction in the Magistrates Court to a fine of up to £1,000.

Some Town & Parish Councils have been given delegated powers to act on behalf of our PSPO and have been authorised to issue on the spot penalties for breaches of the Order.

There are exemptions for any person who is registered as a blind person in a register compiled under section 29 of the National Assistance Act 1948, or a person who is in charge of an Assistance Dog registered with Assistance Dogs UK.

Other dog control areas covered by the Public Space Protection Order and enforced by the Town or Parish Council, are as follows:

Anderby Parish Council

  • Dogs must be placed and kept on a lead at all times on the sea wall path 270 metres to the south of the Pullover at Anderby Creek
  • To ban all dogs on the beach 270 metres to the south of the Pullover at Anderby Creek from 1st May to 30th September in any same year
  • Dogs must be placed on a lead when requested to do so by an Authorised Person in the Parish of Anderby

Chapel St Leonards Parish Council

  • To ban all dogs on the beach 200 metres either side of the Main Pullover in Chapel St Leonards from 1st May to 30th September in any same year
  • Dogs must be placed and kept on a lead at all times on the promenade between Trunch Lane & Chapel Point, Chapel St Leonards
  • Dogs must be placed and kept on a lead at all times on the Village Green at Chapel St Leonards
  • Dogs must be placed and kept on a lead at all times in the cemetery and churchyard at Chapel St Leonards

Ingoldmells Parish Council

  • Dogs are excluded from Queen Elizabeth Playing Field
  • Dogs are excluded from Glebe Park

Skegness Town Council

  • Dogs are excluded from St Marys Cemetery
  • Dogs must be placed and kept on a lead at all times within St Clements Cemetery

Wainfleet All Saints Parish Council

  • Dogs must be placed and kept on a lead at all times in Northolme Cemetery, Spilsby Road, Wainfleet.

 

Maps showing the areas covered by the PSPO are contained within the appendices to the Icon for pdf Public Space Protection Order 2017 [13.7MB]