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Licence needed for photos on beach says beach warden

Licence needed for photos on beach says beach warden - 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.

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User_Removed 14 17.9k 8 Norway
28 May 2010 5:57PM

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29 May 2010 6:20PM
Spherical objects surely
RichBrew 8 151 England
30 May 2010 9:00AM
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 11 2.3k 72 Wales
30 May 2010 10:31AM
The Nanny State reigns supreme...

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

Britman 11 1.7k England
31 May 2010 2:43AM
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 13 840 10 Scotland
31 May 2010 10:40AM
Oh my lordy lol!
Kim Walton 14 145 30 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2010 12:09PM
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 11 3 2 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2010 12:56PM
Thought we lived in a free society??? apparently NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
JohnnyGraham 12 102 Scotland
1 Jun 2010 1:18PM
I always thought the crown owned the beach.
TrevW 8 118 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2010 8:03AM
I suppose we ought to write to Prince Charles too, so as to obtain permission to photo in his back garden, Cornwall.
stormsong 8 11 South Africa
9 Jun 2010 2:34PM
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 8 11 South Africa
9 Jun 2010 2:39PM
If it's allowed, the link here:

stormsong 8 11 South Africa
9 Jun 2010 2:54PM
PS: I forgot to mention that 'life's a beach' . . .

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