‘Pick it Up’ campaign progress

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SIGNIFICANT progress has been made in Monifieth in the campaign to encourage owners and walkers to clean up after their dogs.

At the August meeting of Monifieth Community Council in the Community Cabin last Wednesday, John Thornton informed members that posters from the schools’ competition had been on display in the Public Library during National Poop Scoop Week which ran from July 25 to 31.

He revealed that the display board has now been re-sited in the Access Office.

Posters have been fixed to street furniture in the vicinity of the worst affected areas and, significantly, the stencil for marking the message to ‘Pick It Up’ has been purchased.

The community council received permission from Angus Council roads and parks departments and the work of painting the message on to the footpaths and pavements in the town has already commenced.

The areas targeted so far are the parkland at Ashludie Terrace with stencils at the two entry points on Ashludie Terrace itself and one on the pavement in Ramsay Street.

Other areas stencilled are the footpath at the southern end of the footbridge over the railway line at Albert Street, the footpath at the south east corner of Tayview Caravan Park, Queen Street, Victoria Street and the pavement on the west side of Waterside which leads to the Dighty path network.

Mr Thornton told the meeting that community wardens have been operating in the area and have issued a number of tickets to offenders as well as hosting a display of the Green Dog Walkers initiative and handing out free dog bags.

He went on: “Thanks to the generosity of local business, Troup Chemist, and the Angus councillors, the community council has been able to buy 18,000 dog bags which have been made available in various establishments, free of charge.

The next meeting of the Community Council will be held on Wednesday, September 14, in the Community Cabin, Union Street, Monifieth.