Community bid to stamp out the dog mess blight

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WITH the weather getting warmer and the summer holidays here one Seaford resident is hoping more people will join him in his crackdown on dog owners who fail to clear up after their pets.

As people make the most of the recent spell of sun and head to the beach and parks, Anthony White is keen for these areas to remain free of dog mess.

The Maple Fields resident said he was shocked some people could be so uncivilised and has set up a community group. He is looking to hear from people who know of any particular hotspot areas in the town.

The 39-year-old, who is a councillor – but who set up the campaign as a concerned resident – said the issue had also been raised at council meetings.

He told the Gazette he decided to set up the group after hearing people complaining about the problem and said, “I turned around and said, ‘Who’s going to do something about it? and they said the dog warden. But if she drives around in her van people will know she is there.”

Mr White said the aim of the group was to speak to people who have left their pet’s mess behind, ask them to clear it up and explain to them the anti-social aspects of it.

A spokesperson for Lewes District Council said officers from its Animal Control Team routinely patrolled public areas of all its towns to enforce dog fouling laws.

Mr White is hoping that the community can also do their bit to tackle the problem. Anyone wishing to contact him about the community group can email him at: aw100@hotmail.co.uk