dog wardens step up patrols at Apex Park after complaints
District Council's dog wardens are to step up their patrols in
Highbridge's Apex Park after complaints about rising cases of
dog fouling and animals being left to roam around the park.
comes after several walkers have expressed concerns in recent
days. One user, Ralph Houghton, contacted Burnham-On-Sea.com this
week after being shocked at the problems.
said: "I should like to know what action is being taken about
dog owners, particularly multiple dog owners, letting their dogs
off leads to run free. On Wednesday I witnessed a six-dog fight
near the lake which forced me off the path and through the mud."
"My little grandson was also coated in dog mess whilst playing
in the railed-off section. We could not let him out of this area
because of the number of dogs running free whilst their owners
chatted some distance away."
District Council spokeswoman Claire Faun told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Whilst we will ask the dog wardens to step up their patrols
in that area, the emphasis is very much on the dog owners and
urge dog walkers to 'pick up the poo' and keep their dogs under
control, especially when there are other dogs around. Apex Park
is an open space for everyone to enjoy and we also hope dog owners
observe the 'no dogs' area so that children can play safely."
council's dog wardens can issue fines to dog walkers who let their
animals foul public areas.
Penalty Notice charges see fines of £50 for payment within
a week or £75 within two weeks. Failure
to pay instigates court proceedings where a much larger fine can
who are concerned about dog fouling issue in the Burnham or Highbridge
area should contact Sedgemoor's Dog Warden on 0845 408 2540 for
the matter to be investigated further.