Anyone found sleeping at night on Bournemouth beach faces prosecution, a Â£ 1,000 fine and an ‘uncomfortable night’s sleep’ at the hands of council directors, the local authority has warned.
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council have employed an additional 75 people to help manage 15 miles (24 km) of beach, which last summer was inundated with visitors – creating congested roads and reckless parking.
A major incident was declared in June 2020, as thousands sought relief from the hot weather at a time when the pandemic hampered travel abroad.
The new staff will patrol the beach around the clock to enforce the ban on overnight camping on Dorset Beach.
Extended hours of public toilets at major sites will remain in place, the advice confirmed, and additional cleaning operations will be in place.
But additional police will be on hand for busy key dates.
A council spokesperson said the beaches were “not a place to camp for the night.”
âAnyone planning to camp on the beach can expect an uncomfortable night’s sleep as our team of beach patrollers will visit them several times to gather evidence before bringing a prosecution,â he said.
âAdditional security patrols, COVID-19 commissioners and additional CSAS officers will be deployed to the field in sensitive areas to ensure a uniformed presence and address anti-social behavior and COVID-19 regulations.
âWe will be clear even if we welcome responsible visitors to our complex; people who will treat things with care, behave sensibly, and make up for it. “