‘Pawsitive’ signs on dog fouling issue

Members and guests of Carnoustie Canine Capers heard about some of their successes over the last year at their annual general meeting.

Last week in Burnside Primary School committee members gave a rundown of the group’s activities and also heard an informative talk on Angus Council’s reaction to dog fouling issues.

The presentation was given by Angus Council officer Bob Myles from the Angus Community Safety Partnership Joint Services Team who spoke in detail about the authority’s response to dog fouling in Carnoustie and Angus as a whole.

He used Powerpoint to demonstrate the pattern of fouling in the town and was able to identify a number of ‘hot spots’ where complaints were most frequent.

Mr Myles also showed figures which indicated a drastic drop in the number of reported instances of fouling which were at a three-year low of 220 complaints and 117 clean ups, down from a high in the 2012/13 period of 618 calls and 695 clean ups.

According to Mr Myles, a broad swathe of council officers will now have the power to issue fixed penalty notices and it is hoped this will lead to an even further drop in fouling.

During the meeting certificates were presented to Flora Cairnie, Hazel Coutts, Heather Fraser and Jennifer Kroesen for completing a dog management course delivered by the Scottish Canine Consultative Council earlier this year.

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