Calls for more to be done to tackle dog fouling problem around Darlington

Darlington and Stockton Times: Calls for more to be done to tackle dog fouling problem around Darlington Calls for more to be done to tackle dog fouling problem around Darlington

DOG fouling was the number one complaint during an online public meeting after Darlington Police asked people for their thoughts on problems in the town.

Calls were made for a crack down on people who leave dog mess in public spaces, while others asked why more was not being done to clean the streets, particularly around schools, during the police Facebook event.

PC Jeff Summerhill, who was leading the online Pact meeting, said he would raise the issue with the council’s StreetScene team and local PCSOs.

Darlington Borough Council said the town had a problem with a small number of irresponsible dog owners, but that StreetScene was not able to clean up every instance of dog fouling.

Comments on the Facebook page were received from people living in all parts of Darlington, but the Harrowgate Hill, North Road and Haughton areas appear to have particular problems.

One comment read: “Thompson Street, Lowson Street are awful for dog mess, also Bowman Street, Marina Road and Melrose, saw someone watch a dog do it this morning and just leave it.”

Another said: “St Bede’s on Kingsway has a shocking dog muck problem with people allowing their dogs to dirty on the small verge, all the children walk over it. I have contacted StreetScene on numerous occasions but more serious action needs to be taken.”

Angela Wilkinson, who walks from Harrowgate Hill to the town centre every day, said: “I see a lot of dog dirt on my way to work – I walk practically all the way with my head down so I don’t step in it.

“The council should be doing more about it, you get people walking or riding bikes in it so it gets spread all over the pavement.”

Coun Nick Wallis, the council’s cabinet member for local environment, said: “StreetScene officers clean up the mess as part of the street cleaning program. They are not able to respond to every problem area in isolation.

“There are many responsible dog owners who clean up after their pet. However, there are some that don’t, and leave dog mess for someone to step in or clean up after them.”

Dog fouling can be reported at darlington.gov.uk/reportit or by calling 01325-388777.

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3:34pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Joe, Brinkburn says...

Took my dog for a walk this morning armed with a pocket full of bags to pick up after it. I saw another dog squatting to do its business and the owner walking quickly away. I approached him and told him his dog had messed and asked if he was going to pick it up only to be told in no uncertain terms to mind my own effing business and no he wasn't going to pick it up. another case of an irresponsible dog owner giving the rest of us a bad name.
I don't know what can be done about it other than employ more wardens, at the moment they are just moving from one problem area to another.
Took my dog for a walk this morning armed with a pocket full of bags to pick up after it. I saw another dog squatting to do its business and the owner walking quickly away. I approached him and told him his dog had messed and asked if he was going to pick it up only to be told in no uncertain terms to mind my own effing business and no he wasn't going to pick it up. another case of an irresponsible dog owner giving the rest of us a bad name. I don't know what can be done about it other than employ more wardens, at the moment they are just moving from one problem area to another. Joe, Brinkburn

3:20pm Tue 11 Feb 14

pixie4612 says...

Totally agree with the above comment. And as a dog walker I feel like I am more likely to step in other peoples dog mess as I walk on the streets more than the average Joe. It is the least nice part of owning an animal but it is something you have to do! And that includes on grass, in fields, by the river etc. It really annoys me that I can't go for a run or walk without worrying about other peoples dog mess. Grrrrr! And don't get me started on the chewing gum covering the streets! And to stick up for the council, why shouldn't people be responsible for their own litter, gum, dog mess. On the spot fines must be the best way to prevent this. Oh, and maybe they should get all school children to take a day/week etc to litter pick just so that the next generation is educated.
Totally agree with the above comment. And as a dog walker I feel like I am more likely to step in other peoples dog mess as I walk on the streets more than the average Joe. It is the least nice part of owning an animal but it is something you have to do! And that includes on grass, in fields, by the river etc. It really annoys me that I can't go for a run or walk without worrying about other peoples dog mess. Grrrrr! And don't get me started on the chewing gum covering the streets! And to stick up for the council, why shouldn't people be responsible for their own litter, gum, dog mess. On the spot fines must be the best way to prevent this. Oh, and maybe they should get all school children to take a day/week etc to litter pick just so that the next generation is educated. pixie4612

3:15pm Wed 12 Feb 14

banmeandilljustregisterwithanewname says...

This is a massive problem all over town unfortunately. Those caught should be named and shamed in the local media and fined no less than £250.00

The council would literally make millions of pounds the problem Is so prolific. Couple this with £250.00 fines for drivers caught using a mobile phone while driving and the deficit problem could be solved overnight.
This is a massive problem all over town unfortunately. Those caught should be named and shamed in the local media and fined no less than £250.00 The council would literally make millions of pounds the problem Is so prolific. Couple this with £250.00 fines for drivers caught using a mobile phone while driving and the deficit problem could be solved overnight. banmeandilljustregisterwithanewname

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