dog user group formed in Burnham-On-Sea to tackle beach fouling
new dog user group has been formed in Burnham-On-Sea this week
to tackle the problem of dog waste being left on Burnham-On-Sea's
people attended a meeting at the Reed's Arms on Tuesday evening
(June 7th) organised by Litter Free Coast and Sea Somerset - a
local campaign working to improve bathing water quality and reduce
marine and beach litter in Burnham.
comes after Burnham's sea water was recently deemed to be "poor"
by new EU bathing water standards, prompting a bathing ban in
Yates-Smith, Burnhams Coastal Officer and co-ordinator of
Litter Free Coast & Sea Somerset, pictured right with Burnham
sea water campaigner Ken Smout, said: "We had a good mixture
of 15 attendees, not all of whom are dog owners but still wanted
to have their say."
locals talked about their frustrations regarding the problem of
beach dog fouling and how it could be addressed."
are starting a new community dog group and will be giving out
bags to dog walkers and seeking better signage initially. We are
keen to have a visual presence on the beach."
Ann Parry from Bridge Vets in Highbridge, who is supporting the
campaign, was also there to help raise awareness about the health
hazards of not picking up dog waste.
Helen Freeman from a similar Dorset project also attended the
meeting to explain how she has delivered real improvements in
her area which could be replicated here.
Smout, a long-time Burnham campaigner on beach water quality,
added: "It was a really positive meeting - there was plenty
of passion shown to address the problem. Everyone can get involved
- it's just not acceptable any more to let dogs foul beaches."