FOULING: The worst of behaviour

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I write in response to the letter from Margaret Richards, councillor for Seghill with Seaton Delaval, about dog fouling, (News Post Leader, January 26).

You should live on the new South Shore housing development in Blyth. It seems there must be a rule that here you let a dog foul wherever it wants to. A lot of the houses are open planned, with no fences or borders, so to let dogs foul on private and residential lawn spaces seems to be encouraged.

In my experience, anyone who challenges this behaviour will only get a load of abuse and a “don’t be stupid” remark.

Nowadays, there seems to be a “let them off the lead as soon as possible and take no notice of what the dog does and where it does it” culture, with total disregard for others.

The bushes that run along the front of the apartments on the sea front in Blyth are littered with bags of dog waste that are discarded, even though bins are available.

The coastal path along to Seaton Sluice is like a Third World country park, with dog waste picked up into bags, but then the bags thrown to the side or in bushes.

The large grassed area at the bandstand is sometimes so full of foul that it is hard not to stand in some when walking, and this is not an isolated occurrence.

The beach is littered with dog foul, and bags just left for children to play with or adults to walk into.

And yes, when you say something, there is yet more abuse and intolerance to being challenged about the behaviour.

The walk along the Port Of Blyth road to the pier and past what is a Royal Yacht Club is disgraceful, with the grass verge littered with foul.

And the pile of dog fouling bags left by the wall at the entrance to the pier can only be described as a health hazard – 37 at one point.

To walk through Ridley Park, one of the best spaces in the county, is full of dread, and once out onto the streets to walk into the town centre it can only be described as disgraceful too.

The practice of dog fouling and the real ignorance of, I will say not the majority of dog owners, but certainly far more than would like to admit to their behaviour, must be challenged whenever seen, even though it can be met with pitiful excuses or abuse.

Although there may well be some form of dog control warden patrols, there certainly needs to be more.

Also fines and court appearances should be enforced far more than they are at present.

Yes, Margaret Richards, I am with you, as many are. Report, report, report these people who are ruining our grassed areas, beaches and paths.

It is amazing how this practice increases during the dark evenings. Do you think that’s because even more reasonable people see the opportunity to be lazy and ignorant to the actions they are carrying out?

This is becoming, if it isn’t already, the worst anti-social behaviour that none dog owners have to contend with.

And as well as report, report, report, it should be enforce, enforce, enforce, and fine, fine, fine.

I would be interested in other readers’ views too, as I’m sure would Margaret Richards.

Peter Beard

Blyth