‘Ready and willing’ to tackle dog dirt

Quay Centre Carpark Christ church'Jason Smith & Martin Laverty pictured with the Van given to them by the council'PA1040-3a
Quay Centre Carpark Christ church'Jason Smith & Martin Laverty pictured with the Van given to them by the council'PA1040-3a

A CLEAN up crew is “ready and willing” to step into the breach and help tidy up Bridlington’s dog dirt problem.

The Christ Church Action Team, which was funded by East Riding of Yorkshire Council until the end of last year, says it has the equipment and volunteer man power to target the worst areas in town.

Last week, the Free Press launched its ‘Clean up Brid’ campaign after we received numerous complaints about dog dirt all over the town.

Rev Jonathan Couper, of Christ Church, said: “We would be very pleased to help in whatever way we can. If the council put money into the volunteer sector it would go further.

“We have been very pleased with the support we received in the past from the public, and from the council, and we would be willing to go into partnership again to help out.”

Andy Jefferson, of the Action Team, said: “We did receive funding from the ‘safer and stronger communities fund’ but when that ran out the local authority could not continue to fund our work.

“We do still have a contract with the Town Council to clean the skatepark and bus shelters and other areas, but we can no longer target areas of the town with a bad dog dirt problem. “The council have said that they are capable of cleaning the streets, but the problem is that the council crews work to a rota. They may clean up all the mess on one street, but then not go back to it for another week, between which it may have been dirty.

“We are able to target hotspot areas according to public demand. We are a local organisation with local people and we are ready and more than willing to help out further.”

In last week’s Free Press we revealed that East Riding dog wardens had only given out 3 penalty notices to irresponsible dog owners during the whole of last year.

Since then, we have received a host of responses letting us know where you think is ‘Worst for Dirt’ – you can see letters on pages 10, 11 and 12 and comments left on our Facebook site on page 22. But we are still looking for more.

If you think your street has a problem, or you know where irresponsible dog owners are letting their dogs foul, fill in the coupon in last week’s paper, or send us a letter headed ‘Worst for Dirt’ and drop it in to the Free Press office or post it to us at 3 Prospect Street, Bridlington. YO15 2AQ.

l Dog owners in the town can take advantage of cheap waste bags which are available from the Bridlington Town Council office on Quay Road, or from the Community Resource Centre on Victoria Road, at £1.25 for 50 bags.

A spokesperson for East Riding Council said that while they did not have the funds to provide free bags in the resort, Bridlington Town Council saw the need for environmentally friendly, biodegradable doggy bags for residents.