SEDGEMOOR NEWS: Pick up the poo or pick up a fine
PEOPLE are being warned that unless they pick up the mess left behind by their dogs while out walking they could be faced with a £100 fine.
Two fixed penalty notices have been issued by Sedgemoor District Council’s dog wardens on Burnham Beach - one for dog fouling with the owner not picking up and the other for having a dog in a prohibited area.
Sedgemoor District Council is reminding dog walkers that there is a year-round dog ban on Burnham-on-Sea beach between the jetty and the Pavilion. It is an offence to take a dog onto this part of the beach at any time and the fine is £75. There is clear signage in place to show the banned area.
Dogs are allowed between the Jetty and the Yacht club and from the Pavilion to Maddocks Slade between September to the end of April each year.
Three fines were also handed out in Wembdon recently. These were for people ignoring signage which clearly states dogs should be on leads.
A council spokesman said: “Sedgemoor’s dog warden service are stepping up patrols in hot spots and will continue to undertake random patrols on beaches and will issue fixed penalty notices to anyone contravening the regulations, so pick up the poo rather than a fine!”
Fixed Penalty Notices are £100 – reduced to £75 if paid within ten days.