fouling controls in Burnham to be debated at public meeting
public meeting is set to be held on Tuesday (June 7th) to discuss
how to tackle the problem of dog waste being left on Burnham-On-Sea's
meeting will be hosted by Litter Free Coast and Sea Somerset (LFCS
Somerset), a local campaign working to improve bathing water quality
and reduce marine and beach litter in Burnham. It follow Burnham's
sea water being deemed "poor" by new EU bathing water
meeting will be held on Tuesday 7th June at 7pm in the meeting
room at The Reed's Arms pub on The Esplanade.
Yates-Smith, Burnhams Coastal Officer and co-ordinator of
Litter Free Coast & Sea Somerset, pictured right with Burnham
sea water campaigner Ken Smout, said:
"Residents tell us dog mess is one of the most unacceptable
and offensive types of litter on our streets and beaches."
our recent survey 61% of the community told us dog fouling was
one of their top three issues to be tackled in order to improve
bathing water quality at Burnham-on-Sea and keep its beaches clean."
The meeting therefpre aims to bring together dog owners, coastal
users, vets and a variety of organisations to take action on dog
fouling and discuss ideas on how to reduce it on Burnham-On-Sea
and surrounding areas.
Harriet told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Were holding this
meeting because we need the expertise of the community. They are
the ones who walk their dogs on the beaches and roads every day
and know what the problems are so this meeting is an opportunity
to hear their ideas about how they can help reduce it. As well
as being unpleasant to come across, dog waste can contain high
levels of bacteria (much higher than treated human waste), which
can affect bathing water quality. Its important we do what
we can to make sure it doesnt find its way into our ocean."
"As well as picking up your dogs mess there are other
ways to help improve bathing water quality. Such as making sure
you only flush pee, poo and paper go down the toilet and never
put fats, oils and greases down the kitchen sink."
small actions can help to reduce blockages and help prevent sewage
from finding its way into rivers and streams during periods of
very heavy rain."
Dr Ann Parry from Bridge Vets in Highbridge, who is supporting
the campaign, will be there to help raise awareness about the
health hazards of not picking up dog poo.
faeces not only contains bacteria, but there is also the potential
that it could contain Toxocara, a parasite that can cause illness
in humans. There will also be a short presentation from successful,
Dorset-based community group Pooo Pin (Poo Out, People
In) who formed to tackle dog fouling on their local beach and
are keen to support Burnhams community to achieve similar
Wetherspoons will be providing free tea and coffee will be available.
Those attending are being asked to leave their dogs at home as
dogs arent allowed in the pub.