I live in lovely Paignton, with a wonderful stretch of beach that is open to dogs from October to to April. And just across a single road is Paignton Green, again a great expanse of green grass, perfect for families to play games, and dogs to walk with their owners.
My gripe? The constant negative comments made about dog walkers not clearing up after their dogs, and that beaches should ban dogs all year round. Yes, I DO agree, some dog walkers frustrate the life out of me, not picking up after their dogs, and a lot of the time it's because they are engrossed with texting or phoning someone, or talking, and aren't watching their dogs, I see it often. However MOST dog owners do clear up. So why am I starting this debate again - the attrocious scene on the beach tonight when I walked me dogs. No exaggeration, I had to walk past 2 nappies, at least 15 bottles and cans, 3 pieces of clothing, 4 children's toys and an uncountable amount of tissues and plastic bags. And this was just on one stretch of Preston beach.
It's absolutely disgusting. Then when you cross to the green you have more litter, fish and chip bags, more bottles and sweet papers. I am a language teacher in Paignton, and my students are often telling me how dirty Paignton is, and they're right. Some people have no morals, because there are plenty of bins (and dog bins for that matter) all around the beach and the green, there is just no excuse.
Most of the time, outside of the main season and main hours of the day, the beaches lay empty. Why can't dog walkers still go on the beaches outside peak time, like they can in Cornwall? I can honestly say we'd leave a lot less mess than I've seen tonight, and every other time I go there.
So I'm asking for people to make more noise about rubbish in general, and stop harping on about dog poo. I mean, children's nappies!! It's so filthy.