Dog waste key to beach woes

Members of the Rossall Beach Residents and Community Group clean up the sea front.
Members of the Rossall Beach Residents and Community Group clean up the sea front.
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CHANGING the habits of irresponsible dog owners could be the key to improving the state of Blackpool’s beaches.

Blackpool South, Blackpool North and Cleveleys beaches this year failed to meet the minimum standard of cleanliness by law, which could mean signs warning against going into the sea are placed along the seafront in two years’ time.

The chairwoman of Rossall Beach Residents and Community Group, Jane Littlewood, says responsible dog owners could make all the difference as dog muck blights the resorts sands.

She said: “It’s not just one pile of muck, it’s dozens of them, and it just takes one episode of particularly heaving rain fall washing it into the water and contaminating it for the beach to fail a test.

“The thing that mystifies me is everyone is revolted by it but it’s still everywhere you see.”

The group organises monthly clean-ups at Cleveleys beach, which has just failed the water tests after having passed last year.

Jane said: “It’s disappointing and it’s frustrating.”

The group has set up an education road show to highlight the issues.

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