Thanet District Council has introduced ‘traffic light’ signs on isle beaches so dog walkers can tell where they are allowed to let their pooches take a dip.
The signs use red, amber and green notices to let people know when the restrictions, which operate between 1 May and 30 September, are in place.
The codes are:
Green = dogs are allowed at any time of year
Amber = dogs allowed on the beach but with restrictions
Red = no dogs between 1 May- 30 Sept
A Thanet council post says: “We’ve added new signs with the same traffic light system to our bays and beaches!
“We’re lucky to have so many Blue Flag beaches on our doorsteps, so please follow and share the code we have in place. We rely on everyone to follow the code, but those who don’t could be fined £100.”
Which beaches can your dog go on?
From 1 May to 30 September, dogs are NOT allowed at any time, during any part of the day or evening, on the following beaches:
Birchington Minnis Bay (Main Area)
Broadstairs Viking Bay
Margate Main Sands
Ramsgate Main Sands (Harbour end)
From 1 May to 30 September, dogs are not allowed during the hours of 10am to 6pm on:
Broadstairs -Botany Bay, Joss Bay, Stone Bay
Westgate – West Bay, St Mildred’s Bay
From 1 May to 30 September, dogs are to be kept on leads during the hours of 10am to 6pm on:
Broadstairs -Louisa Bay
Margate -Westbrook Bay, Walpole Bay
Dogs ARE allowed on the following beaches at any time, all year round.
Birchington – Grenham Bay, Epple Bay
Broadstairs – Dumpton Gap, Kingsgate Bay
Cliftonville – Foreness Point, Sacketts Gap, Palm Bay
Margat -Fulsom Rock
Ramsgate -Eastcliff, Western Undercliff
All dogs on promenades adjacent to these beaches should be kept on a lead.
A map with the new colour system can be found here: https://www.thanet.gov.uk/info-pages/dogs-and-our-beaches/.