Temporary ban on dogs resumes at Little Shore

The Little Shore in Amble.
The Little Shore in Amble.

An annual dog ban to combat fouling problems on an Amble beach has resumed for this year’s summer season.

The restriction at the Little Shore, which started on Tuesday and runs until September 30, includes the dunes area, but dogs are still able to go onto the nearby pier.

Warkworth Harbour Commissioners (WHC) started the ban in 2016, claiming muck was being left along the stretch ‘on a daily basis’.

The aim was to stamp out the poo problem and allow families to use the beach area safely in the peak months.

WHC said that the temporary ban was in line with restrictions at some of the other beaches in the county, which don’t allow dogs from May to September.

At the time, the ban prompted criticism, with opponents arguing that it would be hard to police and responsible dog walkers were being made to suffer for the irresponsible few that don’t pick up dog mess.