A beach warden – who would only identify himself as “Beach 8” – challenged our photographer as she took snaps on the promenade at Branksome Chine yesterday.Yup, it's the return of the 'We'll chance our luck, they may not know the law' council official...
He demanded to see a licence and told her she shouldn’t be taking pictures without one.
After years of taking photos on the beaches unchallenged, our snapper Hattie Miles ploughed on regardless.Nothing there about the clear disregard for the law shown by their employee, or by their failure to identify themselves.
But the Echo wanted to know why we had been stopped in the first place.
Stuart Terry, coastal works manager at Poole council, said the beach was council land and it was “standard industry practice” to seek permission before taking pictures.
I think 'coastal works manager' is a post that could be cut, don't you?
And for anyone not familiar with the case referred to in the comments to that Poole article, here's a statement that should be printed out and stapled to 'Beach 8's' forehead:
No bylaw exists prohibiting the taking of photographs on the beach.Couldn't be clearer, could it? But Mr Terry soldiers gamely on:
But Mr Terry said beach wardens might approach photographers if they have not been given prior warning.What part of 'there is no need for anyone to seek your permission to photograph a public beach' do you not understand, Mr Terry?
And what sort of recruitment procedures does Poole Council have, when they employ (and retain, unless both 'Beach 8' and Mr Terry are out on rtheir ear by the time this post goes up) people who can't understand the law when it's pointed out to them repeatedly?