Yet another example of bureaucracy gone mad. Now it seems a Council in Dorset has determined that for health and safety reasons commercial photographers need a permit to prove they have public liability insurance to take photos on a beach. Seems a bit heavy handed, after all part of the pleasure of a beach is that there are few if any other people around, so who is going to be affected by any supposed hazard? I think the Council’s time and money would be better spent on training its staff on how to conduct a sensible risk assessment.
I’d have thought that on the majority of beaches in the UK the dangers of being on beaches comes mainly from the sewage and contaminants washed up onshore. From the Guardian. So a photographer on a beach poses a negligable hazard with a low risk outcome.