Breaches of by-laws for dogs are wanted

Newbiggin beach and promenade.
Newbiggin beach and promenade.

RESIDENTS are being urged to report their concerns about dogs in Newbiggin, whether by-law breaches or animal welfare concerns.

The county council has six enforcement officers and five welfare officers who are active in the village, especially along the promenade and beach.

Town clerk Dennis Earl told last Wednesday’s town council meeting: “It’s incredibly important if people see something happening to report it and officers can set up surveillance.”

The meeting heard there would be an officer at Newbiggin every day, sometimes in uniform and sometimes in plain clothes.

And signs were being placed along the promenade to remind owners of by-laws there and on the beach.

The town council agreed to allocate money for poop bag dispensers to help owners comply with the law and keep the area clean.

Town council chairwoman Coun Rebecca McCready, who with the clerk recently met county dog officers, said: “I was quite reassured by the efforts that they are making.”

Coun Malcolm Peden said dog owners generally respected the rules, but one or two did not.

The number to report any concerns is 0845 600 6400.