Dog walkers warned over summer rules

SEAFRONT dog walkers are being reminded to keep their pooches on their lead as the town’s beaches get busier this summer - and also to stay away from some parts altogether.

Hastings Borough Council launched its seasonal dog control orders back in 2008, and they come into effect each year from May 1.

The upshot of the orders is that, in certain areas, anyone with a dog must keep them on a lead. And other parts of town operate a blanket ban on dogs.

The measures run until September 30 and are designed to keep the seafront clean and free of dog mess so locals and tourists can enjoy the summer sun.

And any owners who fail to adhere to the orders could face a fine of up to £1,000 and, in more severe cases, could be saddled with a criminal record.

Dogs are banned from the main beach from Harbour Arm to the pier and from Warrior Square to The Royal Victoria Hotel in St Leonards.

And the areas where animals must be kept on leads include in front of the car park at the very end of Rock-a-Nore Road opposite the Hastings Motor Boat and Yacht Club.