Coun­cil urged to tackle dog foul­ing

The Galloway News - - NEWS -

The re­gion’s res­i­dents want to see a crack­down on dog foul­ing.

Peo­ple across Dum­fries and Gal­loway were asked to choose the main is­sue they wanted the coun­cil’s com­mu­nity safety team to fo­cus on.

And dog foul­ing was the run­away win­ner, polling 59 per cent of the vote.

Lit­ter­ing was sec­ond on 21 per cent with nui­sance be­hav­iour.

The re­sults were re­vealed in the coun­cil’s an­nual com­mu­nity safety sur­vey, which was pre­sented to the coun­cil­lors last week.

It also re­vealed that 90 per cent of peo­ple in the re­gion said they feel safe or very safe in their neigh­bour­hood, com­pared to the na­tional av­er­age of 87 per cent.

The fig­ures will be used by the com­mu­nity safety team to plan their work­loads and they are also ask­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic to re­port of­fend­ing be­hav­iour.

Com­mu­ni­ties com­mit­tee chair­man, Andy Fer­gu­son, said:“I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to com­plete a sur­vey.The ex­cel­lent re­sponse shows that our res­i­dents care about their neigh­bour­hoods.

“It’s only by know­ing about the is­sues in our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties that we can iden­tify ways to ad­dress them.The com­mu­nity safety team are just start­ing their next round of en­gage­ment days in towns across our re­gion. I would en­cour­age mem­bers of the pub­lic to go along and speak to the team about any is­sues in your neigh­bour­hood.”

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