Anti-dog dirt campaign: Drylaw fights back

Nick Steenken, left, Mhairi Curran, Betty Dixon, Muriel Mutch, Alex Dale, and Euan Davidson. Picture: Ian Georgeson
Nick Steenken, left, Mhairi Curran, Betty Dixon, Muriel Mutch, Alex Dale, and Euan Davidson. Picture: Ian Georgeson
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Frustrated residents have staged two days of action aimed at making Drylaw a dog muck-free zone.

Members of various community organisations were on the prowl with environmental wardens in Easter Drylaw Park last Friday and again yesterday, handing out leaflets in support of the Evening News and the city council’s Dish the Dirt campaign.

In total, 600 leaflets were handed out to dog owners, each one containing a stark message, which read: “Dog poo is not fertiliser. In fact it is toxic and can contain diseases harmful to humans especially children.”

An irresponsible owner was also fined £40 after being caught in the act by wardens last Friday.

The campaign was organised by both Easter Drylaw Residents Association and Drylaw/Telford Community Council.

Mhairi Curran, of Easter Drylaw Residents Association, said: “Dog fouling is a serious problem around here and that is why we decided to hold two days of action.

“We handed out 600 leaflets and covered the area from Crewe Toll to Groathill Road North. We’re not looking for people to be fined, all we’re asking is that they pick up after their dog.”

It is understood that city chiefs are currently in the process of deploying extra bins across the city, concentrating on dog-fouling hotspots – a move welcomed by Ms Curran.

She said: “We could do with some more bins in the area as there aren’t that many about, and people are not going to walk out of their way to get rid of a bag of dog dirt.”

Since our Dish the Dirt campaign swung into action earlier this month, more than 200 calls about dog fouling have been received by the council’s environmental teams.

Fellow Easter Drylaw Residents Association member Betty Dixon said: “All the paths and streets are covered in dog muck but when you tell some people to pick up after their dog you get a load of cheek. People need to be educated that dog fouling is a health hazard.”

Alex Dale, chairman of Drylaw and Telford Community Council, said he hoped the days of action had set an example for the rest of the city.

He said: “This is a city-wide problem, you see it everywhere, it’s disgusting and easily solved by dog owners bringing a wee bag with them when they head out.

“I’ve noticed, around here anyway, that when the wardens appear on the scene people soon disappear. Maybe if they were to go out on their rounds dressed like normal punters they’d catch a few more folk, that would soon get the message across.”

Comment: No mucky pups

our Dish the Dirt campaign has really struck a chord with residents across the city.

Today we report on efforts in Easter Drylaw, where community groups have teamed up with environmental wardens to promote the drive to crackdown on irresponsible dog owners.

Well done to them and let’s hope they soon see the results in cleaner streets and safe areas for children to play. There really is no excuse for not picking up after your dog. Bag it and bin it or risk being shopped to our hotline and being hit in the pocket.

Call our hotline to report dog fouling: 0300 4563476

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