Progress in tackling dog fouling problem

STATISTICS released by Angus Council have shown that efforts to tackle dog fouling in Carnoustie are progressing.

A survey of Carnoustie’s streets by community wardens showed that the number of reported incidents of dog fouling had dropped by nearly 50 per cent.

The survey carried out in August revealed that wardens had spotted 92 incidents of dog fouling, as opposed to 174 examples noted by a similar survey in August 2010.

Complaints of dog fouling had reduced slightly, with 18 complaints between April 1 and September 30, compared to 19 during the same period last year.

Between September 30, 2010 and September 30, 2011, nine fixed penalty notices were handed out, eight for fouling on the street and one for discarding a bag of faeces.

Councillor Brian Boyd said: “It’s great to see that there is a 47.2 per cent drop in the amount of dog faeces found and that our community wardens are having success since their launch in April this year.

“I am a little worried that complaints have not increased over the same period as we still have a long way to ensure all streets are free of dog foulers.

“I would like to stress that anyone can complain and leave an anonymous message with the Access line on 08452 777 778

“If you can leave a description of the owner and dog along with times and locations the ACCESSLine will pass it on to the wardens. I know of at least two occasions when the culprits were fined within 24 hours.

“I really do hope members of the public do phone so this awful problem can be resolved, making our living environment better.”

Flora Cairnie, co-ordinator of Carnoustie Canine Capers said: “Carnoustie Canine Capers are taking a softly, softly educational approach to dog-fouling.

“We are piloting the Green Dog Walkers initiative in Angus and over 70 people signed up for this since the launch on Carnoustie Gala Day in July.

“It is a simple message: bag it and bin it! Not only can people leave the bags in the red bins they can put them in any litter bin.”