May 21, 2008
Burnham-On-Sea parents call for play area clean-up
parents in Burnham-On-Sea have this week called for better enforcement
of dog fouling laws in the town due to the "disgusting"
state of play areas.
Triggol and her 11 month old daughter Jasmine Rose, pictured,
are among the parents who frequently use the Winchester Road play
area besides Burnham Infant School.
say the actions of a few "irresponsible" dog owners
have left the facility in such a poor condition that the health
of users is being put at risk.
field and two paths which run around the back of the school, which
I and a lot of parents use, are plagued by the problem of dog
owners not picking up their dogs' mess," said Nikki.
constantly have to dodge poo and am sometimes not so lucky with
my pram wheels which always often have to be scrubbed clean when
I get home."
are dog waste bins and notices warning of fines, but they just
don't seem to work. It is a massive worry for me and many parents
because of the diseases - such as parvovirus and toxocariasis
- that can be picked up by the mess."
love living in this area and it is a shame that a few irresponsible
pet owners out there are spoiling it for the rest of us."
Faun, Sedgemoor District Council spokeswoman, told Burnham-On-Sea.com
that enforcing dog fouling rules is difficult, but that the authority
does prosecute dog owners when necessary.
public green spaces and play areas overseen by the council are
patrolled on a regular, intermittent basis to prevent dog owners
recognising our patrol schedules."
green spaces cannot be monitored all the time and the onus is
on pet owners to be responsible and clean up their dogs' mess."
do take action against offenders whenever we can and have just
this week successfully prosecuted a dog owner caught fouling Apex
Park in Highbridge who has been fined £120."
photos show Nikki Triggol and her 11 month old daughter Jasmine
Rose at the play ground at Winchester Road in Burnham