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Licence for beach photography - A press photographer was told they needed a licence to take photographs on a beach.

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A beach warden, who was identified as 'Beach 8', told a press photographer she wasn't allowed to take photographs of the promenade at Branksome Chine without a licence.

The photographer, Hattie Miles, who works for the Daily Echo had taken photos on the beach for years so carried on even though the warden demanded to see a licence.

The Daily Echo reported that Stuart Terry, coastal works manager at Poole council, said the beach is council land it was 'standard industry practice' for photographers to seek permission before taking photographs. However, he wanted to assure people that it's not their intention to stop or restrict photographers or film-makers using the beaches in Poole.

Visit the Daily Echo's website for more details.

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NeilS e2 Member 7801 forum postsNeilS vcard United Kingdom
29 May 2010 - 6:20 PM

Spherical objects surely

RichBrew  3151 forum posts England
30 May 2010 - 9:00 AM

I've just been shooting at this location, albeit early morning, and was not harassed by any council workers who were in the area at the time (just as well - I stand my ground).

All land is going to be owned by somebody or other. Does this mean we have to seek permission every time we pull out a camera?



Goggz e2 Member 72301 forum postsGoggz vcard Wales72 Constructive Critique Points
30 May 2010 - 10:31 AM

The Nanny State reigns supreme...

I'm surprised Beach 8 didn't quote Section 44!


Britman  71669 forum posts England
31 May 2010 - 2:43 AM

hmmm council land must be our land, they work for us not the other way round. They are public SERVANTS, council land is public land.

man I wish it was that simple.

Consulo  9762 forum posts Scotland9 Constructive Critique Points
31 May 2010 - 10:40 AM

Oh my lordy lol!

Kim Walton
Kim Walton e2 Member 10144 forum postsKim Walton vcard United Kingdom29 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jun 2010 - 12:09 PM

Actually William the Conquerer made a Law that no one can own a beach. Thats why Sea Anglers don`t pay a licence and Freshwater Anglers do.
To get around this the council own the access rights--but its a bit to late if your already there!

morpheus1955 e2 Member 7morpheus1955 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jun 2010 - 12:56 PM

Thought we lived in a free society??? apparently NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1 Jun 2010 - 1:18 PM

I always thought the crown owned the beach.

TrevW  4117 forum posts United Kingdom
2 Jun 2010 - 8:03 AM

I suppose we ought to write to Prince Charles too, so as to obtain permission to photo in his back garden, Cornwall.

stormsong  4 South Africa
9 Jun 2010 - 2:34 PM

Have a look at the 'I'm a Photographer Not a Terrorist' website for interesting topics on a similar theme.
And people, you have got it all WRONG - nobody asked the sand and the water if it was okay to take photographs - they have rights too you know!
Welcome to Big Brother Britain - hope you enjoy the ride (just don't take any photos)

stormsong  4 South Africa
9 Jun 2010 - 2:39 PM

If it's allowed, the link here:


stormsong  4 South Africa
9 Jun 2010 - 2:54 PM

PS: I forgot to mention that 'life's a beach' . . .

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