Southwold’s residents are calling for more signposts about and awareness of the beach’s ban on dogs.
Many tourists and locals alike visit Southwold each year, but few are aware that there is a ban on dogs between the Northern end of the beach promenade and the East Street steps between May 1st and September 30th. This confusion about the state of dog walking in Southwold means that many pet owners are walking their dogs on the beach at a time when it is also frequented by children and the elderly, both of whom are at risk of being infected by dog roundworm which makes its home in the mess left by dogs on the beach.
The Southwold and Reydon Society has set up a working group to look into this problem after complaints from local residents that there was a lack of signposting present on the beach. Waveney Councillors Sue Allen and Michael Ladd completed a fact finding walk along the seafront last week and with representatives from Waveney Norse and district council representatives, and declared that they struggled to find any signs suitably informing people of the dog ban. Dog walking in Southwold during prohibited times of the year is also set to be punished under new measures, agreed in February, which see enforcement officers issuing fines to dog owners who fail to clean up after their pets.