We must keep our Brid clean

Dog Mess ,on Bridlington sports centre field ,locals have complained.Picture Richard Ponter.121034a.
Dog Mess ,on Bridlington sports centre field ,locals have complained.Picture Richard Ponter.121034a.

RESPONSES from the Free Press ‘Let’s Clean Up Brid’ campaign have been sent to East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

We launched our campaign to rid Bridlington’s streets of dog dirt last month after receiving a rash of complaints from residents over the state of the town.

We have been inundated with dozens upon dozens of replies from concerned Bridlington residents naming and shaming the grot-spots in the town that are ‘worst for dirt’.

We highlighted problems that the local sporting community were having with irresponsible dog owners not cleaning up after their pets on playing fields at Gypsey Road - as well as revealing that only three people in the town were given fines last year by council dog wardens.

All three fines were given for owners taking their dogs on the beach during the period in which they are banned for the summer season - but none for fouling.

Free Press editor Nick Procter said: “Thank you to all the readers who have responded to our campaign and let’s hope the council can use this valuable information to improve the situation.

“Dog mess, through the laziness or uncaring attitude of an irresponsible minority of dog owners, is a blight on our town and more action needs to be taken to clear it up and punish the culprits.

“We will continue to spotlight any problems so that fewer people have to put up with the mess on sports fields, in parks and on our roads and pavements.”

An area receiving a number of complaints are the sea front promenades at both north beach and south beach, as well as the harbour, Alexandra Walk, and Limekiln Lane leading towards Sewerby Cliffs.

Other areas with a big dog dirt problem identified by our readers include Gypsey Bank off St John’s Avenue; the area around Wellington, Trinity and Victoria Road; New Burlington Road; the New Pasture Lane estate; Darwin Road; Horsforth Avenue and the roads off West Street.

One reader simply said “everywhere”.

Councillor Jane Evison, cabinet portfolio holder for rural issues and cultural services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The council would like to thank the readers of the Bridlington Free Press for providing us with this information, which will assist us in reducing dog fouling.

“Dog fouling is completely unacceptable and, using this information, the council will take appropriate action, including targeting our patrols, educating irresponsible dog owners to pick-up after their dogs and, where necessary, issue fixed penalty notices to those who break the rules.

“The council is firmly on the side of our residents who are angered at those dog owners who do not clean up after their animals.

“If you witness dog fouling and can provide the council with sufficient information, call us and we will take action against the owners.”