There is currently a by-law in effect which covers the Aberavon beach and promenade from 1st May - 30th September. This prohibits dogs on the beach and requires dogs to be on a lead at all times on the promenade. Currently dog owners can be prosecuted for failure to comply with the by-law. It is intended the existing beach by law be replaced by Dog Control Orders.
Whilst the designated dog control order provisions would enable a local authority to enforce several dog related offences on this occasion the orders will only replace the offences currently enforced by the by-law.
The introduction of dog control orders will allow authorised officers to deal with offences by means of a fixed penalty notice and therefore allow offenders the opportunity to discharge their liability to conviction by paying the fine. However, should the fine not be paid within the specified period the matter will then be progressed to the legal department with a view to prosecute the individuals concerned.
Please see the notices of intention by using the links below: