Ban dogs on beach, says councillor

DOGS should be banned from Lancing beach and Beach Green according to a councillor who says their fouling is a major threat to children.

Adur councillor for Widewater Geoff Patmore said irresponsible dog owners who failed to clear up after their pets were adding to a ‘major pollutant problem’ and putting children at risk.

Mr Patmore is calling for a ban on dogs on the green and on the beach, especially opposite Widewater Lagoon, and to up the fine for fouling to £1,000.

“The dog patrol service needs a much higher profile with the power to fine heavily,” he said.

“A child’s sight is invaluable as is their health and wellbeing.”

He said fouling often occurred at low tide when dogs had more room to run around, and when the tide turned it was often washed up into the bathing areas.

“Some families also take advantage of low tide because it is safer for children to paddle and swim in the shallow water,” he said. “This combination is very hazardous for adults and children.”

He said dog fouling was also one of the reasons Lancing’s bathing water was struggling to reach required standards.

“The river Adur is one source of pollutants, mainly because all the water from the roads is discharged via flood plains into the river,” he said.

“If you link that to antiquated sewage systems in our roads, especially West Beach where there have been four major sewage bursts in five years, plus irresponsible dog owners who don’t clear up after their pets, we have a major pollutant problem.”