Coun­cil urged to tackle dog foul­ing

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS -

Stephen Tem­lett

The coun­cil’s com­mu­nity safety of­fi­cers will be hit­ting the streets to tackle dog foul­ing.

A re­cent re­gion-wide com­mu­nity safety sur­vey re­vealed that it was one of the most irk­some ex­am­ples of an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour, rank­ing along­side lit­ter­ing and rowdy and nui­sance be­hav­iour as the big­gest prob­lems peo­ple iden­ti­fied in their neigh­bour­hood.

Com­mu­nity safety teams are set to step up their ap­proach to tack­ling dog foul­ing fol­low­ing a Niths­dale area com­mit­tee meet­ing last Wed­nes­day.

Coun­cil­lor Ron­nie Ni­chol­son said: “Ev­ery sin­gle coun­cil­lor has been con­tacted at least once about dog foul­ing.”

One ex­am­ple was given by Up­per Niths­dale coun­cil­lor Jim Demp­ster which showed the scale of the prob­lem.

He said: “Peo­ple in Kel­loholm have been com­plain­ing that the place is lit­tered with dog mess, es­pe­cially at the ceme­tery.

“Can the com­mu­nity safety team please add that place to the watch list?

“It’s un­ac­cept­able that peo­ple use burial grounds to leave dog fae­ces there.”

The num­ber of peo­ple who re­sponded to the sur­veys went up from 1,117 in 2015/16 to 2,577 this year.

North West Dum­fries Coun­cil­lor Gra­ham Bell said: “I wel­come the sur­vey and the num­ber of peo­ple who an­swered it.

“Dog foul­ing has al­ways been a high pri­or­ity and we have to do as much as we can to tackle it”.

Shonagh Hen­der­son, prin­ci­pal of­fi­cer for com­mu­nity safety, added: “We are look­ing at ways to tackle this with more uni­formed and plain clothes pa­trols in ar­eas where we know the prob­lem is quite bad.

“In the sur­vey, 44 per cent of peo­ple who re­sponded want the com­mu­nity safety team to fo­cus on dog-foul­ing as the top pri­or­ity.”

Dog own­ers who fail to clean up af­ter their pets in streets or parks can be hit with fixed penalty no­tices for £80.

Flash­back Com­mu­nity Safety Team mem­bers held a day of ac­tion to tackle the prob­lem in the Abbey ward ear­lier this year

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