Council: Some owners’ attitudes need to change

THE council boss in charge of dog wardens said the dog dirt problem was improving.

David Howliston, environmental control manager at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “There were three fixed penalty notices issued during last summer, which were all linked to taking your dog on the beach.

“One was from Bridlington, and I think the other two were from out of the area.

“You cannot judge the success of the scheme by the number of fixed penalty notices issued – it is about people changing their behaviour.

“We still get several hundreds of complaints across the area, but in my own personal view, I would say the situation is getting better.

“Although I do know that it only takes one instance of fouling in front of your house, or standing in a pile of dog dirt, to get very angry about the problem.

“We also work very closely with PCSOs, who patrol areas at different times of the day to when our wardens are out, and can take details and report them directly to our team. They are quite keen to be an extra resource.

“We didn’t give out any fixed penalty notices from PCSO advice last year, but I know we have elsewhere in the past.”

David says that the team are also looking for help from members of the public in tackling the problem.

“People might see a dog walker not cleaning up after their dog on a morning, but only know that they live at number so and so. I’d encourage people to call our team.”

But David says that there are no areas in Bridlington targeted by wardens.

“During the summer we do conduct out of hours patrols, early in the morning and on the evening, which are the times that people are usually out walking their dogs. We get a great response from dog owners as we know persistent dog fouling is a problem caused by a minority.

“There are no target zones, but when we patrol we take into account the fact that a lot of people walk their dogs along the Promenade, near Sewerby Cliffs, but if people are experiencing problems elsewhere they should contact us.”

“While we don’t want the mess in the first place, we always support people who want to get out in the community and make a difference.

“It passes on the message to other people that by not cleaning up after their dog, their behaviour is unacceptable.

“The peer pressure may have an effect on people, and could lead to a change of attitude.”