Dog mess is ruining our Island
Staff at one of the Island’s favourite leisure venues say they
are fed up with people not clearing up after their pets.
Mandy Shade, who runs Barton’s Point Coastal Park in Sheerness,
suggested their new year’s resolutions should be to remove their
The popular attraction has four dog poo bins placed at locations
round the park – but still the staff are constantly having to clean
it up themselves.
Even though the Boathouse Cafe on the site gives away dog mess
bags for free, walkers still leave them in the park.
In the summer, some owners have even let their dogs do their
business in among the people who are camping there.
Mandy says the amount of mess left has always been a problem,
ever since she took over in April 2011, but now it is getting even
worse as she and her staff have been having to pick up swan
She says where the swans are constantly fed a huge amount of
bread – which causes them to bloat – the size of the stools left by
them are quite large.
Mandy says she has spoken to people about it before but often
they just have the attitude that they are not going to pick it
“People are quite blatant about it,” she added.
“The staff have to walk round on a regular basis picking up
other people’s dog mess – is that right?
“It’s even more infuriating in the summer because so many people
use the park – it’s horrible.
“We all want a nice place to walk, please let’s keep it that
Mandy said the Boathouse Cafe started selling special swan food
last year and they noticed a massive difference in the size of the
The Times Guardian has also been made aware of problems with dog
mess along The Leas, Minster, and around Richmond Primary School in
The dog poo issue is one which so angers residents, an online
petition has been launched.
Clean Up The Isle Of Sheppey is calling on Swale council to
introduce more bins and for irresponsible dog owners to be
The petition calls for action as residents say it makes our
wonderful island a slum and also has serious health
A spokesman said the council was aware of the dog fouling
problem and is continuing to work with residents and community
groups to tackle the issue.
With the shorter days, dog owners find they are often walking in
the dark which means they may not see their dog has fouled,” the
“This is no excuse and if caught, we will still serve a fixed
penalty of £80 on the offender.
“Dog fouling has a negative effect on us all and should not be
- You can report dog fouling to the council on 01795 417850
- To view the petition, click here and search Clean Up Isle Of
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