Tack­ling dog mess must be top pri­or­ity for team

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS -

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.”

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