Sligo County Council adopts ‘Beach Bye-Laws 2007’

Sligo County Council at its March 2007 meeting adopted the Beach Bye-Laws 2007. The purpose of the Bye-Laws is to regulate activities on the beaches of Enniscrone, Mullaghmore, Streedagh, Rosses Point, Dunmoran, Aughris and Strandhill so as to ensure the safe and enjoyable use of these beaches by the public.

Draft Bye-Laws were put on public display for the period 18th October 2006 to 20th November 2006, and submissions in were invited. The Bye-Laws were adopted having considered any submissions or observations received and will come into force this month (April 2007).

The new Bye-Laws have introduced the concept of ‘restricted areas’ on beaches.  These restricted areas are designated as bathing areas only and are in operation from the months of May to September inclusive. The restricted area of a beach is identified on maps attached to the Byelaws.  The Bye Laws also regulate and manage other activities on beaches such as; mechanically propelled vehicles, personal watercraft and recreational craft, fishing, public events, control of dogs and horses and the prohibition of other acts.

People found in breach of any of the Bye- Laws may be issued with an on-the-spot fine of €75.00 or if convicted face a fine of up to €1,900.

For full details of the Beach Bye-Laws, copies are available for inspection at the offices of Sligo County Council and Sligo Borough Council.