‘Dog poo fairy’ out to get foulers

The Oban Times - - News - STEVEN RAE srae@oban­times.co.uk

FIC­TIONAL char­ac­ter the ‘Dog Poo Fairy’ was in Oban on Mon­day, to re­mind peo­ple she does not ex­ist and they need to clean up af­ter their dogs.

The fairy, ac­tu­ally Oban res­i­dent Ni­cola Wil­son, was part of a multi-part­ner gath­er­ing at At­lantis Leisure cen­tre, as the cam­paign group Oban Com­mu­nity Ac­tion on Dog Foul­ing launched its media cam­paign.

MSP for the High­lands and Is­lands Mike Macken­zie and Oban-based coun­cil­lors Roddy McCuish, Dun­can MacIn­tyre, Elaine Robert­son and Iain An­gus Mac­Don­ald were in at­ten­dance to give the group some po­lit­i­cal clout.

Oban of­fi­cers In­spec­tor Mark Stephen and Sergeant Alan Moore rep­re­sented Po­lice Scot­land. Oth­ers from West High­land Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (WHHA), Ar­gyll Com­mu­nity Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (ACHA), Ar­gyll and Bute coun­cil’s amenity ser­vices, At­lantis leisure cen­tre, Oban com­mu­nity coun­cil, Park pri­mary school and mem­bers of the public came along to give their sup­port.

Oban com­mu­nity coun­cil­lor Julie McKen­zie, one of the dog foul­ing group’s found­ing mem­bers, said: ‘Thank you to ev­ery­one who came along to­day to sup­port what we’re do­ing. It’s ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic to see such an over­whelm­ing re­sponse and en­cour­ages us as a group to keep go­ing with our cam­paign.’

As part of its on­go­ing ef­fort for work­ing in part­ner­ship with other or­gan­i­sa­tions, Julie was pleased to an­nounce that West High­land Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion had of­fered to sup­ply 10 new bins to the cam­paign. Ar­gyll and Bute coun­cil will ar­range to site the bins and will empty them.

Part of the new media launch to raise the pro­file of the dog foul­ing prob­lem is to lit­er­ally ‘high­light’ it, by spray paint­ing dog mess with flu­o­res­cent paint.

The paint is biodegrad­able, and the ac­tions are fully sup­ported by the coun­cil and Po­lice Scot­land.

Coun­cil­lor Roddy McCuish said: ‘I’m ab­so­lutely de­lighted the group has got to this stage in its cam­paign.

‘This high­lights this part­ner­ship work­ing well to­gether and it’s great to see so many rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the dif­fer­ent part­ners here to­day.

‘Hope­fully the media launch high­lights how se­ri­ously we are tak­ing this is­sue.’

MSP Mike McKen­zie said he was very en­cour­aged by the sup­port the group has gar­nered, par­tic­u­larly from the coun­cil and com­mu­nity coun­cil and the hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tions.

Oban Com­mu­nity Ac­tion on Dog Foul­ing now plans to adopt a pro-ac­tive ap­proach in the com­mu­nity, en­cour­ag­ing mem­bers to re­port online to both the group and Ar­gyll and Bute coun­cil, when they see some­one com­mit an of­fence.

To re­port a dog foul­ing is­sue, tele­phone the coun­cil’s dog foul­ing and dog con­trol depart­ment on 01546 605 514, or online: www.ar­gyll-bute.gov.uk/myabc/dog­foul­ing

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READY FOR AC­TION: sup­port­ers of the Oban dog foul­ing cam­paign at the media

launch at At­lantis leisure

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FAIRY POWER: the ‘Dog Poo Fairy’ next to some spray­painted dog mess

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