DOGS could be banned from a popular North Berwick beach.

Concerns have been raised about unruly dogs on the town’s East Beach.

The issue was discussed at the town’s community and police partnership (CAPP) meeting, where it was agreed to contact East Lothian Council about the possibility of signs being put in place banning dogs.

Kathryn Smith, secretary of North Berwick Community Council, attended the meeting and told the Courier: “We discussed the issue and it was agreed we should write to the legal department of East Lothian Council to see if we could enforce a dog-free zone. It would probably be on the East Beach between April and October.”

The dog-free zone could be in place between certain times of the day, with a suggestion of 7am to 7pm.

The community council secretary said the issue surrounded dogs being “not under control” and potentially jumping up on a child.

It would not be the first area in the county to ban dogs, with the animals already barred from the Local Nature Reserve at Aberlady.

Any move to ban dogs from North Berwick’s beach would require a public consultation.

A spokeswoman for East Lothian Council stressed that dog walkers had to keep control of the animal.

She said: “Countryside Rangers work closely with Scottish Natural Heritage in promoting the Scottish Outdoor Access Code which requires dog owners, in places where other people are around and in particular children, to keep their dog close at heel or on a short lead.”