The Lancashire beaches where dogs are now banned for the summer

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Dogs are banned from several beaches across Lancashire until September 30 – including in Blackpool

A dog named Ted runs along the beach on December 10, 2014 in Blackpool
Dogs are banned from some beaches in Lancashire during the summer months (Image: Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

The summer season is now upon us and though this is great for humans it’s not so much for our furry friends who love the seaside.

From May 1 right through until September 30 restrictions come into play which means dog owners can only walk their dogs on certain beaches across the UK.

The controversial measures are to maintain clean standards of bathing water and anyone caught breaking the rules can be fined at least £100 fine for each incident.

Blackpool, Fylde, Wyre and Lancaster local authorities all have dog control orders in place and will issue penalties if the regulations are breached.

Whilst some dogs are completely banned in the summer months from some areas, the restrictions come in three bands which may mean there are certain areas of a beach where dogs can be walked.

It’s likely that if you cannot walk your dog on the beach near you there will be another area you can legally exercise with your pooch, such as a promenade.

Here at LancsLive, we take a look at what dog control orders are in place for each area across the county.

On the Fylde Coast, there are bans in place at beaches in Blackpool, Cleveleys and Fleetwood for the summer season.

Lytham St Anne’s

There are no dogs allowed on St Anne’s beach at the right side of St Anne’s pier from Danfo toilets to the lifeboat slipway at the side of the pond.

You can go however from the Promenade gardens all the way along the seafront past Fairhaven Lake and Granny’s Bay.

From there at the White Church, you can go past Church Scar and the whole of Lytham front.


The beach at Blackpool
The beach at Blackpool

Dogs are not allowed to be exercised on the beach at all between North Pier and the Mirror Ball opposite the Solaris Centre.

This also applies to any area specified where there is no physical barrier between the highway and or tram track and the promenade.

Dogs are welcome however from the Solaris, Mirror Ball to Squires Gate (South) and the North Pier – Anchorsholme (North).

New South Promenade from the Solaris Centre at the Mirror ball to the sand dunes at St Annes as far as the pier is a dog friendly zone however.

You can also take your canine from Blackpool North Beach up the left hand side of the north pier.


Bipsham is a dog friendly beach however it is subject to tides as the sea comes up high on the sea wall during a high tide.


Dogs are banned from Cafe Cove and the Blackpool boundary in the Borough of Wyre towards the end of the stepped sea defences opposite Kingsway.

You cannot take your dog along the whole of the stepped sea defences.

During the dog ban period however you are allowed to walk your dog on Rossall Beach or Anchorsholme beach.

For Rossall this is the shingle beach at Cleveleys, beyond Cafe Cove and The Venue, heading north in in the direction of Fleetwood.

You can therefore take your dogs from Rossall beach to the venue and at the start of the stepped sea defences.

For Anchorsholme beach this involves the beach adjacent to the new promenade at Princes Way.

Though this is technically in Blackpool, you can walk your dog on the beach here in summer.

This also includes from the shipwreck memorial on the boundary of Anchorsholme beach all the way through Bipsham to Blackpool.


Rossall Beach in Fleetwood
Rossall Beach in Fleetwood (Image: Rossendale Free Press)

No dogs are allowed on Marine beach in Wyre.

On Fleetwood beach this includes from the east side, of the slipway opposite to the end of Promenade Road eastwards to the west side of the site of the former Fleetwood pier.

However you they can go from the Ferry and RNLI and along the Esplanade to the other side of former Fleetwood pier.

They are allowed however from the Kite Club opposite the Mount all the way past the boating lakes and new Rossall sea defences to Rossall beach at Cleveleys.

Pilling Sands Beach

Pilling Sands Beach allows dogs all year around.

Heysham (Half Moon Bay)

No dog restrictions.


Morecambe Bay
Morecambe Bay (Image: Colin Lane/Liverpool Echo)

Dogs are banned from the North and South beaches in Morecambe.

They are however allowed on the promenade but must be kept on leads.

Hest Bank

Hest Bank is proudly a dog friendly beach all year around

Blackpool Council in talks with retailer to take over Debenhams store in Houndshill Centre

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A new retailer is in talks with Blackpool Council about taking over the Debenhams department store at the Houndshill Centre, which closes its doors for the final time today.

The Debenhams store will close in Blackpool today
The Debenhams store will close in Blackpool today

Council bosses said negotiations are ongoing with a retailer but they are remaining tight-lipped on what firm it maybe, but one council source said it’s a ‘big name’.

Town hall officials said they are hoping to reveal the outcome of the talks to residents ‘very soon’ and what the future holds for the resort’s biggest shop.

A Blackpool Council spokesman said: “We have obviously been aware of the impending closure of the Debenhams store within the Houndshill for some time.

“During that period, we have been working closely with our agents to identify suitable alternative anchor tenants for the unit.

“We are currently in negotiations with a retailer to take the whole unit and we hope to be able to make an announcement in the near future.”

It’s unknown if the firm already has a presence in Blackpool or if it will be a new name in the resort.

The negotiations come as Debenhams shuts its doors for the last time today following closing down sales over the last month.

Blackpool Council said it is in talks with a retailer to takeover the unit
Blackpool Council said it is in talks with a retailer to takeover the unit

The department store opened up in 2008 and was the flagship store for the Houndshill.

Coun Maxine Callow, who was Blackpool Council’s cabinet member of regeneration and tourism when the store opened, said Debenhams brought shopping back to Blackpool.

She said: “It was a great anchor for the Houndshill, and in fact quite a few of my friends stopped shopping in Preston because they could do it in s Blackpool instead, and it was absolutely wonderful useful for Blackpool.

“The fact that Debenhams stores throughout the country are all closing is absolutely devastating news and to have something that size empty in town is not good for business.”

The store is almost empty of stock
The store is almost empty of stock

Maxine welcomed the news that negotiations are happening to decide a future for the store.

She said: “If we have got somebody interested in it, well I think that’s absolutely great news and let’s hope that it comes to fruition.

“When Debenhams did open we were all very excited and delighted because it had got something to offer for everybody.

“Household goods to small furniture, cafes, ladieswear, gentswear, makeup,, everything that anybody needed and it was an absolute delight to go there and do some shopping.

It is the final day today
It is the final day today

“The fact that we’ve lost it is very upsetting so I just hope that whoever’s interested can can crack on and get something up and running there.

“It’s a big ask because it’s such a huge building but if somebody has got the courage to do that then I think it’s wonderful.”

The departments store called in the administrators and started to close down stores across the UK in April last year, a month into the Covid-19 lockdown.

Retailer JD Sports was understood to be in pole position to buy the beleaguered retailer but in December, the sportswear firm pulled out due its parent company, Arcadia, going into administration.

Online clothing giant Boohoo then acquired Debenhams and its associated brands for £55 million but agreed to only buy its website. This means 12,000 jobs will be lost nationally as bricks and mortar Debenhams stores are shutting for good.

While the Blackpool branch has closed, nearby stores in Preston and Blackburn will remain open until Wednesday.

The store opened in 2008
The store opened in 2008

A spokesman for Debenhams said: “Over the next week, Debenhams will close its doors on the high street for the final time in its 242 year history.

“Our sincere thanks go out to all of our colleagues and customers who have joined us on this journey.

“We hope to see you all one last time in stores before we say a final goodbye to the UK high street.”

‘We’re a family town’: Lap dancing could be banned from Blackpool as the resort overhauls its image

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“We’re not against people coming to Blackpool and having a good time, but there is an element that causes problems and this is a way to reduce that”

Blackpool wants to improve its ‘family friendly’ image (Image: Shared Content Unit)

A crackdown on the number of lap dancing venues allowed to operate in Blackpool is expected in a bid to improve its ‘family town’ image.

Councillors are being asked to approve a new policy which would permit only one sex shop to trade, and set a zero limit on lap dancing clubs.

It will not immediately affect the existing four clubs which would be allowed to continue operating.

But once those licences lapse for any reason they would not be renewed, LancsLive reports.

Regulations around ‘sexual entertainment’ venues are also set to be tightened under the revised policy, which licensing chiefs say will better reflect Blackpool’s aim to be a family resort, and its support of the White Ribbon campaign to reduce violence towards women.

The council’s licensing chairman Coun Adrian Hutton said: “We are a family town and some of the things that have gone on are not according to the rules.

“There have been complaints from members of the public which we have had to deal with.

“We’re not against people coming to Blackpool and having a good time, but there is an element that causes problems and this is a way to reduce that.

“A lot of thought has gone into this to come up with a policy which helps the town.”

The plans will be heard at the licensing committee next week (Image: Manchester Evening News)

A report to councillors adds as ‘a White Ribbon accredited authority, Blackpool Council is working towards setting a zero limit on the number of sexual entertainment venues (lap dancing clubs)’.

“Previously the number of sexual entertainment venues (SEVs) was set as four.

“Working towards the White Ribbon aims, it is proposed that the number of SEVs be reduced to zero with an exception being made for those four premises currently licensed.”

Clubs are currently closed under Covid restrictions, but once they reopen, they would be re-licensed providing they comply with legislation and licence conditions.

However once a licence lapses, is revoked, surrendered, or otherwise not renewed, the grandfather rights would be lost.

New applications would still be considered but with the zero policy in place, it would be much more difficult to have a licence granted.

There were believed to be around 13 lap dancing venues operating in Blackpool in the mid-2000s, but the numbers have steadily reduced.

‘We are a family town and some of the things that have gone on are not according to the rules,’ Blackpool’s licensing chair says (Image: Daily Record)

Members of the council’s licensing committee are also being asked to agree to reduce the number of permitted sex shops from the current two, down to one.

The policy will go before the council’s licensing committee on Tuesday January 19 for consideration.

The move comes at a time of increased optimism in Blackpool’s future as a resort, following significant investment in transport links, hotels and infratsructure.


Blackpool to Morecambe walk brings in £1,400 for two vital charities

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A walk from Blackpool to Morecambe has raised £1,400 for two local charities.

Gareth Sheppard at the Eric Morecambe statue.
Gareth Sheppard at the Eric Morecambe statue.

Gareth Sheppard walked 27 miles from Blackpool to Morecambe, raising £1,400 for CancerCare and Morecambe Food Bank.

Gareth, who owns his own Morecambe-based entertainment company, is a popular figure in the town and is well-known for his flamboyant suits and exuberant personality.

Gareth’s epic stroll was fuelled by Kendal Mint Cake and the encouragement of well-wishers who joined him at various stages along the way.

Gareth Sheppard during his walk.
Gareth Sheppard during his walk.

CancerCare fundraiser Helen Hartin said: “To take on a walk from Blackpool to Morecambe with no training, in his amazing POW suit in very warm weather, was no easy task but he persevered through pain and blisters to complete the challenge.

“I was moved by the local support he received in the Morecambe and surrounding area. The messages of encouragement on his Facebook posts were incredible and to raise over £1,400 in just four days was staggering. Thank you Gareth and everyone who donated.”

Gareth Sheppard during his walk.
Gareth Sheppard during his walk.


Blackpool Four In A Bed winners put luxury guest house up for sale

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Fox Lodge in Blackpool is owned by winners of Channel 4’s Four In A Bed and has history linking back to the town’s famous rock sweets

Fox Lodge guest house in Blackpool
Fox Lodge guest house in Blackpool (Image: Google)

A Blackpool guest house owned by winners of Channel 4’s Four In A Bed has hit the open market.

Fox Lodge down Hornby Road, close to the resort’s town centre, is up for sale for just less than £300,000 after being completely revamped by owners Robert and Kevin.

The duo became local celebrities after winning the Channel 4 show that puts four pairs of bed and breakfast owners against each other, with their reputations on the line by staying at each other’s establishments.

Since winning the show, the duo took on Fox Lodge and revamped it in the last two years, with the former 12 bedroom property now home to seven on-point rooms.

“With their exquisite eye for detail and their own personal beliefs in exceeding customer expectations they have delivered seven quite outstanding bedrooms which incorporate comfort levels for all customers needs,” says estate agent Kenricks Commercial.

“Including family suites, with sufficient space to accommodate full lounge style couches, the inclusion of double sized showers with heated towel rails along with vanity desks and many more special touches.

“Not surprisingly customers continue to offer their on-line reviews with scores at the very top of the expected range. Special references are continually made to the importance of parking near the Town Centre.”

The property comes with a gated car park to the rear.

Fox Lodge was built in 1895 with three original bedrooms and servant quarters in the attic.

It still boasts some original features including the stained glass entrance door; a feature wall and stained glass door outside what would have been the master bedroom; and original stained glass in the front bay windows.

Original stained glass front door at Fox Lodge, Blackpool
Original stained glass front door at Fox Lodge, Blackpool

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The freehold asking price is £294,999.

For more information on purchasing the property click here.

Seafront Blackpool bar operating for four years without planning permission

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“Historic, evidential and communal value will not be unduly affected, as these will be maintained.”

The Terrace Bar in Blackpool
The Terrace Bar in Blackpool

A seafront Blackpool bar is seeking planning permission from the council after it emerged it has been operating without any formal approval having been granted for the venture.

The Terrace Bar alongside Central Pier in the resort started life nearly four years ago as a portable bar surrounded by gazebos, which was set up to support a classic car show.

As it grew in popularity a more permanent bar and decking was installed with the venue attracting al fresco drinkers.

But when the Blackpool Pier Company contacted the council’s planning department in January this year regarding a separate application for South Pier, it discovered no permission was in place for the Terrace Bar.

Now a retrospective application has been submitted seeking to remedy the oversight and secure approval for the bar which sits on the Promenade immediately to the north of the pier owned by the Sedgwick family.

A heritage statement submitted to the council says the bar complements the Victorian pier which opened in 1868.

It says: “The bar has been designed to be of a contemporary design to sit within the existing character of the pier as a centre for modern entertainment.

“Aesthetically, the bar will complement the modern façade of the pier, which is dominant, the Victorian style design of the pier only becoming apparent as the pier is traversed out to sea.

“Historic, evidential and communal value will not be unduly affected, as these will be maintained.”

The planning application is seeking to retain the Terrace Bar including the decking area which serves as an outdoor seating area and live music venue.

It has proved popular since lockdown restrictions were first lifted with customers only allowed to be served outdoors until May 17.

The application will go before town hall planners at a future date for consideration.

Blackpool care home for sale after Covid deaths and unsafe medicine storage

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Feng Shui House in New South Promenade, Blackpool, was inspected by the Care Quality Commission in March 2021

Feng Shui House Care Home, Blackpool
Feng Shui House Care Home, Blackpool (Image: Google)

A Blackpool care home is up for sale after being faced with closure following a raft of serious issues being brought to light including a Covid outbreak and fatalities as well as storing refrigerated medicines at the wrong temperature.

Feng Shui House was visited by England’s healthcare watchdog, the Care Quality Commission, in a surprise inspection across three days in March this year.

There, CQC inspectors found a series of issues across the home.

Some of the most serious concerned medicines that required cold storage being unsafely kept and one resident being given the wrong dose of medicine.

Covid-19 was also a serious issue, with inspectors saying the New South Promenade care home “did not always follow best practice when preventing the spread of infection”.

The home suffered a Covid outbreak in February, with management saying those with the virus were cared for on a separate floor and remained in their rooms.

There was also different staff for those with Covid.

But some staff told inspectors that they had not been recently tested for the virus despite the care home saying all staff were tested on a regular basis. One member of staff also said they had had no training since starting at the home, including no training relating to the use of PPE – something the home organised after the issue was brought to light.

Sadly, four residents died as a result of Covid-19.

“We found no evidence people had been harmed. However, systems were either not in place or robust enough to demonstrate all risks related to infection prevention were assessed and managed,” inspectors said.

The internal lift used by residents and staff had been left un-serviced for 14 months despite needing to be seen to twice a year, putting those in it at risk of injury if an unknown fault was in place.

Inspectors said: “The lift was last examined January 2020 and was due to be examined in July 2020 and again January 2021.

“The maintenance audit and action plans dated 22 January 2021 and 19 February 2021 showed no significant shortcomings related to the passenger lift being serviced.

“The registered provider’s failure to mitigate risks related to health and safety placed people, staff and visitors at risk of avoidable harm.”

Inspectors were told by residents they felt safe living at Feng Shui House, with safeguarding measures in place for those with concerns.

Residents and staff also spoke positively about the food on offer and residents spoke fondly of staff.

Despite this, the home was rated Inadequate in the inspection report published last Tuesday (April 27) and placed in special measures. The home was previously rated Good in November 2019.

Three areas were rated on a specific basis, with an Inadequate rating given for safety and leadership. Effectiveness was rated as Requires Improvement.

Feng Shui House is now set to be reinspected within six months of the report.

If not enough improvement has been made, those running the facility could be forced out.

Inspectors said: “If the provider has not made enough improvement within this time frame and there is still a rating of inadequate for any key question or overall rating, we will take action in line with our enforcement procedures.

“This will mean we will begin the process of preventing the provider from operating this service.

“This will usually lead to cancellation of their registration or to varying the conditions the registration.”

Kate Blyth, who runs Feng Shui House Care Home, told LancsLive the home had been Covid free for 12 months prior to the outbreak.

“We managed to act on this pretty quickly after the initial shock, we made a Covid ward on the third floor,” Ms Blyth said.

“Others got it from them while sitting next to them in the lounge and before we knew it had taken hold, a total of 14 residents in all caught it. We were walking around like aliens in all the gear but regardless we managed to contain it and clear it within a month.

“Our team did a fantastic job in such a short period of time. This took its toll on staff members too and some have left care for good.”

Regarding a resident being given an incorrect dose of medicine, Ms Blyth said this “had nothing to do with the care home at all”, saying the supplier had incorrectly labelled rugs.

She told LancsLive she has made the decision to sell the facility “after being accused of killing residents whether they had the vaccine or not”.

“We had evidenced all the issues that had been raised in the action plan given to us by the council and the CQC. I even asked then to come back and re-visit,” she said.