Alex Lunn: Owners have to clean up after their pets

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I’m delighted by the positive reaction from the public I’m receiving about the City of Edinburgh Council and Edinburgh Evening News campaign to clean up Edinburgh and force irresponsible dog owners into cleaning up after their dogs. Also the requests I’ve had from dog owners looking for our green collars.

An SNP colleague on the council once told me that if we sorted out dog dirt then there would be no need for a council.

While you won’t be surprised to hear I don’t agree with that statement, it does highlight how big a problem dog dirt is in the city.

My own ward of Craigentinny & Duddingston had one of the highest rates of fines issued in the whole city and I and my fellow ward councillors have had hundreds of emails about irresponsible dog owners and walkers leaving a mess.

Dog dirt is very unpleasant and for that reason I really welcome the new environmental wardens the council has taken on.

My plea to dog owners who currently don’t clean up after their dogs is, please to start doing it. Be considerate of your community and the other folk who live in our city. Leaving your dogs mess behind, in my view, is amongst the worst aspects of antisocial behaviour we have to deal with in modern society so please live up to your responsibilities.

It only takes a minute to bag it and bin it!

We have the pleasure of living in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, so let’s all do our bit to keep it beautiful and if you choose to continue not cleaning up after your dog, you will get caught. Pick up your dog dirt and don’t waste your hard- earned money on paying fines.

Alex Lunn is the Labour Councillor for Craigentinny & Duddingston.