Dog fouling action plea

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Mess left by pets is delcared a top priority.

FOUR Doncaster communities are demanding action to put an end to major problems with dog fouling on their doorsteps.

Residents have told police and Doncaster Council officials of the problems that irresponsible pet owners have been causing across their streets and parks.

Now three Doncaster area safer neighbourhood teams have declared the issue a priority through their Partners and Communities Together meetings, while another is calling for action through its parish council and neighbourhood watch meetings.

The PACT priorities affect Adwick, Bentley and Hexthorpe, while Warmsworth Parish Council has raised its own concerns with the authorities through neighbourhood watch.

The main concerns in Adwick revolve around Adwick Park, while the issue in Bentley is mainly around Askern Road, Toll Bar.

Kirk Street and Ramsden Road have been highlighted as problem areas in Hexthorpe, with Low Road, Warmsworth, also needing addressing. Coun Georgina Mullis, Warmsworth Parish Council chairman, said she had seen council enforcement officers in the village trying to deal with the problem.

She said: “I have challenged people over their dogs.

“I saw a man walking a Staffy which was off its lead and asked him if he was going to clear up after it, and he said he was going to the shop to get a bag. I gave him one which I had with me.

“This is something we have brought up several times with neighbourhood watch and at parish council meetings with officers from the neighbourhoods teams there.

“But this is a serious problem all round Low Road, and sometimes you see people have let their dog foul the pavement and not cleared up after it even just a foot away from a dog bin.

“It is so annoying and we shouldn’t be having to clear up after these people.

“You see women with prams on Low Road, walking to and from the pre-school. They have to go off the pavement and into the road to get past the dog muck. I’m worried someone could get seriously hurt.”

A spokesman for Doncaster Council said that since mid-August 2011, the authority had issued 10 fixed penalty fines for dog fouling offences in the Balby and Hexthorpe area, where the problem is now a priority.

The council has been made aware of the problem in Toll Bar and will take appropriate action over the coming weeks.

Coun Cynthia Ransome, deputy mayor and cabinet member for communities, street scene; environmental protection waste and recycling, said: “Special attention is being given to dog fouling in Adwick Park, after the issue was raised with us through PACT meetings and the Friends of Adwick Park group.

“Patrols are to be stepped up at specific times during the day and anyone found to be not picking up after their dog could be issued with an on-the-spot fixed penalty notice as part of our work to encourage people to take responsibility for their actions and help make Doncaster an even cleaner and more pleasant borough.”

Peter Dale, director of regeneration and environment, said: “Council dog and neighbourhood wardens regularly patrol across the borough and will issue an on-the-spot fixed penalty notice to anyone caught failing to clean up after their dog, including those who bag, but do not bin, dog dirt.

“Residents can report issues to the council on 01302 736000.”

The authority says, as well as issuing on-the-spot fixed penalty notices to anyone caught failing to clean up after their dog, it is running a campaign to encourage responsible dog ownership across Doncaster.

Dog owners who demonstrate to wardens they have the means to pick up after their pet are entered into a quarterly prize draw to win a hamper of dog treats.

From this year, to tackle the issue of mess which is bagged but not binned, owners will need to be seen popping the bagged waste in the bin or carrying it with them until they find a bin to qualify for entry.