Seafront walkers in Burnham-On-Sea have this week hit out at the ‘filthy’ state of pavements due to dog fouling.

Richard Fincher sent several photos of the ‘disgusting’ mess on pavements along parts of Burnham’s Esplanade. “We had a family walk today and this was just a fraction of it. Council workers don’t care,” he said.

And another visitor, Mary Adams, emailed us: “The state of the pavements in Burnham has been really revolting recently. Something needs to be done to stop pet owners doing this.”

Speaking to, Sedgemoor District Council spokeswoman Claire Faun said: “We clean the seafront daily. Dog owners should pick up their pets’ poo. It is the responsibility of the dog owner to clean up after the dog if it poos in a public area.”

“Failure to do so could land a pet owner with an instant Fixed Penalty Notice of £75, or a criminal conviction in court.”

If you are aware of a dog owner that does not clean up after their dog, residents can report it by completing the council’s Report dog fouling form or call 01278 435294.

More details about dog fouling fines are available online at To report an area in Burnham or Highbridge that is badly affected by dog fouling, contact the district council’s Clean Surroundings team.


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