Dog owners urged to be responsible

Councillors Jim Ainslie and Stephen Thomas(right) pictured on the Headland Town Moor.
Councillors Jim Ainslie and Stephen Thomas(right) pictured on the Headland Town Moor.

DOG walkers are being urged to “be responsible” and make sure they clean up their pets’ mess at popular walking spots.

Headland parish councillors say there is an increase in dog fouling at the promenade and on the Town Moor on the Headland during the dark mornings and early dark nights in the winter.

They have already received numerous complaints from angry residents this winter and are now asking dog walkers to act responsibly and think of others instead of leaving the dog mess on the pavement.

Councillor Jim Ainslie, chair of Headland Parish Council, told the Mail: “It’s a recurring problem but it becomes more prevalent during the dark mornings and nights in the winter.

“I think they must think that nobody is going to see them but council enforcement officers are regularly on the lookout.

“We can’t ask the council to do anymore, we don’t want people following dog walkers around but we are just asking people to take responsibility and do the decent thing.

“Can they not think of other people? It’s about citizenship and being responsible.”

Cllr Ainslie, who is a labour representative on the Headland and Harbour ward, added: “They are attractive areas for dog walkers, I appreciate that but we don’t want to ruin it for other people.”

A Hartlepool Borough Council spokesman said: “In all public areas in Hartlepool including on the Headland, people are required by law to clean up after their dogs.

“There are even banners on the Headland warning people to clear up after their dogs so people have absolutely no excuses for not doing so. We sincerely hope people will heed the warnings.

“They should remember that our enforcement officers carry out regular patrols across the borough including on evenings and weekends and if we do catch people not cleaning up after their dogs we won’t hesitate in issuing them with an £80 fixed penalty notice.”