Tackling dog mess must be top priority for team
Dumfries residents say dog fouling should be the number one priority for the council’s community safety team.
A survey was carried out in January asking members of the public to tell the local authority about what they wanted community safety officers to prioritise.
The questionnaire also asked people if they felt safe in their own neighbourhood with 93 per cent of the 2,577 people responding positively to the question.
Nearly half of the respondents want the issue of tackling dog dirt to be top of the CSO’s agenda.
Safety officers can manage a number of problems including anti-social behaviour, fly tipping and parking discs in the town centre.
The results of the survey were released following a recent communities committee meeting where councillors were told of the success of holding “days of action” throughout the region. They introduced members of the public to CSOs who would be working in their areas.
Chairman of the communities committee Andy Ferguson said: “The Community Safety Team provides a vital service for our residents.
“The refocus of the team has allowed for greater flexibility and a way of really engaging with locals right over the region.
“The days of action have provided a platform for the officers to get to know people, and for people to get to know the officers.
“Whilst it is still clearly vital that we continue to prosecute dog owners who do not clean up after their pet, and fine fly tippers and the like, it is just as important the residents see the team as approachable and trustworthy. Feedback from both the survey and the days of action tell us this approach is working.”