Dog fouling campaign aims at lazy owners

Crackdown: Councillor Sam Adeniji
Crackdown: Councillor Sam Adeniji

A crackdown on irresponsible owners has been launched in Seaford after an increase in dog fouling locally.

It has got notably worse, probably due to the winter months when certain owners do not pick up after their dogs because feel that they can’t be seen under the cover of darkness.

In response to pressure from Seaford Councillors, Lewes District Council (LDC) has now signed up to the national dog fouling poster campaign called ‘We Are Watching You’.

It uses an edgy and uncompromising image to tackle dog fouling hotspots. The ‘We’re Watching You’ posters are visible after dark, hard-hitting and use innovative, cutting-edge materials which ‘charge up’ during the day to glow in the dark at night.

Seaford Cllr Sam Adeniji said, “I raised the issue of dog fouling with the Leader of Lewes District Council at the last full council meeting in December, I am glad that LDC has responded positively by joining the We’re Watching You campaign.

“In addition I have requested that LDC Environmental Wardens patrol the worst affected areas in Seaford to ensure that anyone found committing the offence of failing to clear up after their dog is caught and dealt with accordingly.

“Dog fouling is still a key issue in certain areas of Seaford. The vast majority of dog owners are responsible people and pick up after their dog, so it is a real shame that a few irresponsible owners are spoiling our pavements and parks. I hope this campaign, together with proactive action and more local patrols by Environmental Wardens, reinforces the strong message that dog fouling is unacceptable and will help reduce dog mess in Seaford.”

Cllr Rob Blackman, Leader of Lewes District Council, said, “As a dog owner I get very angry when irresponsible owners give us all a bad name. It’s not hard to tidy up after your dog and take it to a nearby bin.

“As for people who do clean up and then hurl the bag into a bush or tree I’m just lost for words! It’s so irresponsible and we’re determined to do something about it.”