Burnham seeks new methods to turn tide on dog fouling

PUBLISHED: 18:00 18 May 2014

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BURNHAM could become part of a trial to tackle dog fouling as part of a new national scheme.

A proposal has been made by Glyndwr University to use the town as a pilot for the new initiative in conjunction with Ordnance Survey, which looks at alternative methods of prevention to staff increases.

Burnham pier pavilion owner and councillor Louise Parkin was approached regarding the proposal, which will be discussed and analysed in further detail during next month’s full council meeting.

She said: “They said if we employed one dog warden, it is only one pair of eyes, at the cost of however many thousand pounds, to hand out a £100 fine. If you tell someone they can have £50 of that if they report it, you suddenly have hundreds of eyes.

“Not everything could be implemented straight away - from next year all dogs must to be chipped, so we can use a gizmo for the wardens to retrieve their identification if required. There is no on-the-spot fine system in place, which makes it difficult the way it is now.”

The scheme would also see dogs’ faeces used to create electricity through renewable means, and potentially the introduction of a smartphone app alerting dog owners to bin locations around the area.

Ms Parkin said: “Prevention is better than cure. If we have a lot of fines than people might see that as us having a problem and decide against visiting, so it can work against you in some ways.”

Last month, town council plans to lift a dog ban on Burnham beaches during the summer months was scrapped due to public opposition. Councillors had said they would back a change to the regulations if dog wardens did more to enforce dog-fouling laws.

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