Hard-hitting poster is to target dog fouling

Reporter:

Dale Wharton

AN attention-grabbing poster has been designed as part of a campaign against dog fouling.

Denbighshire County Council has decided it has had enough of dog muck plaguing the streets and has launched a raft of measures to crackdown on the problem.

As well as the poster, which depicts a small dog looking at a large pile of dog poo and a £75 fine, there is a freephone number for residents to report dog fouling culprits.

"While we know that most dog owners are responsible and always clean up after their dogs, there seems to be a stubborn minority who continue to allow their animals to foul and do not clear up after them,” said Councillor David Smith, the council’s cabinet member for environment.

"We cannot let this continue time and time again, dog fouling has come up in residents’ surveys and regular communication between residents and our councillors backs this up - it’s one of the most common complaints we receive."

Denbighshire County Council has already contracted environmental enforcement firm XFor to patrol areas across the county and issue fixed penalty notices for littering and fouling and will also work closely with North Wales Police through the Community Safety Partnership.

The authority would also like to increase community involvement, support clean-up campaigns and is working closely with Keep Wales Tidy officers for Denbighshire.

Councillor Smith added: "Working with the community is key to the success of this campaign and I would urge people - if you see it, report it. If you know who the culprit is, we need you to tell us.

"With the best will in the world, we can't be everywhere and we need the community to help be our eyes and ears and we need to know where the hot spots are so we can specifically target them with increased patrols.

"Denbighshire has installed 90 new bins in new locations last year with more planned for this year and we recently asked members to tell us about hot spots, and now have a list that we will be attending to.”

To report dog fouling call freephone 0800 230 0234.

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