Time for action over dog-fouling

Your correspondent Harold Hearn asks whether people are fined in Hastings for allowing their dogs to foul our pavements, parks and beaches (Observer, June 17).

Earlier this year, I submitted a freedom of information request to the borough council and it transpires that the number of prosecutions of socially irresponsible dog owners in recent years is as follows:

2012 - 4

2013 - 1

2014 - 4

2015 - 0

All nine prosecutions were successful but the number of prosecutions is laughable given the problem caused by irresponsible dog owners.

These wretched people give our town - and responsible dog owners - a bad name. Some years ago the council launched a hard-hitting campaign against dog fouling and this was resulted in a temporary improvement, especially along the promenade.

It is time for another properly co-ordinated campaign which causes the dog owners, not the rest of us, to watch our step.

Paul Hunt

West Hill Road

St Leonards

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