Rec sports ground, Highbridge

Burnbridge Wanderers Junior Football Club has issued a plea to dog owners not to allow their pets to foul Highbridge Recreation Ground, where matches are played every week.

Darren Field from Burnbridge Wanderers JFC  told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “The issue with dog excrement at the Rec is relentless.”

“Every week without fail there is a large amount all over the pitch of which our Managers and Coaches have to clear as best they can before the start of every match.”

Rec sports ground, Highbridge

He adds: “Ultimately it will affect play as kids will become reluctant to perform at their best as a result.”

“It also paints a bad image for the facilities and area to visiting teams as they too are affected.”

“The minority of dog owners need to get a grip and take responsibility and have a thought of the wider impact. Litter and vandalism in this area can also be a problem.”

Rec sports ground, Highbridge

Dog owners are responsible for cleaning up their pet’s poo and can be issued with a fixed penalty notice and if this goes to court the fine could reach £1,000.

Sedgemoor District Council has installed dog bins and signs near the pitch and adjacent play area, as pictured here, but dog owners continue to ignore them.