Published:
October 29, 2015
Traders' anger over dog fouling in Burnham-On-Sea town centre

Angry traders and councillors in Burnham-On-Sea have this week urged pet owners to be more responsible amid escalating problems with dog fouling along town centre pavements.

Shop owners in the High Street say they are constantly having to clear up mess from pavements outside their businesses, which negatively affects the image of the town.

Julie Dean at florist Flowers and Things told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It's a horrible problem that's getting worse. We would ask dog owners to be more responsible and either clean up or take their dogs elsewhere - the mess on several mornings over past few weeks has been terrible."

High Street barber Mike Lowe added: "It's frustrating that a minority of pet owners are flouting the rules, spoiling the reputation of responsible dog owners."

Burnham and Highbridge Town Council says it is aware of the issue. Cllr Paul Young told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I've experienced this problem first hand because I actually managed to accidentally tread in some of the mess myself this week in the High Street."

"It's a horrible problem and as a council we urge dog owners to more responsible and think about others. It looks bad on our town."

Burnham's Town Centre Manager Bev Milner Simonds added that she is aware that several traders have complained. She added: "I am discussing this with the Sedgemoor Dog Warden and have asked for it to go on the agenda of the council's next Town Improvements Commitee."

Fines of up to £1,000 can be issued to pet owners who allow their dogs to foul pavements in the area. Several dog owners have been fined in recent years.

 


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