Revealed: Doncaster’s dog dirt hotspots

Councillor Sue Wilkinson, is concerned that her council ward has themost complaints about dogs fouling the pavements.  Picture: Marie Caley
Councillor Sue Wilkinson, is concerned that her council ward has themost complaints about dogs fouling the pavements. Picture: Marie Caley

The worst dog fouling hotspots in Doncaster have been revealed- after more than 1,000 complaints were made in the last year.

In total, 1,018 complaints were made to Doncaster Council’s environmental health officers over owners failing to clean up their animal’s faeces from the streets between April 2013 and March 2014.

Figures previously reported in showed 716 reports during 2011/12, compared with 659 during 2010/11. The figure for 2009/10 was even higher, with 853 reports.

The worst record for the problem over the last year was in the authority’s Central ward, where there were 93 complaints - which roughly equals to four complaints every week.

The second worst record was in Conisbrough, with 86, ahead of Thorne with 76 and Wheatley with 72.

Town Moor ward had 62 complaints, Stainforth and Moorends 59, Askern Spa 55 and 46 complaints came from Edlington and Warmsworth.

Finningley ward had 45 complaints, Adwick had 43, and Bentley, Mexborough and Torne Valley had 40 each.

Rossington had 37 complaints, Armthorpe and Great North Road had 36 complaints each, and Balby had 33.

The cleanest wards were Bessacarr and Cantley, with 31 complaints, Edenthorpe, Kirk Sandall and Barnby Dun ward with 30, and Sprotbrough with only 24.

Sue Wilkinson, who represents the Central ward on Doncaster Council, confirmed dog fouling had been a major issue among residents.

She said: “It is something that we get a huge number of complaints about in community meetings. It is something that concerns people.

“Some may think it is only a small issue in the scheme of things, but it really affects people when they walk out, and it something people see every day, making it a big day to day issue for a lot of people.”

She said she thought people needed educating about the need for clearing up after their pets and taking responsibility for them.

“There are too many dog owners who do not care,” she said. “It is not acceptable to let your dog foul the pavement.

“There are stencils on some streets warning people to clear up, but some people don’t take any notice. It’s enforcement that will change the way people behave. We need people to report it so enforcement officers can see them do it and act.”

Among the most complaints on one street in any one month were five complaints about the problem in Waterdale in the town centre in June 2013.

A more recent hotspot has been The Grove in Wheatley Hills, which had three complaints in March, the most that month.

A spokesman for Doncaster Council said: “Doncaster has zero tolerance on all forms of anti-social behaviour and we take environmental crime seriously and encourage residents to love where they live.

“We undertake regular patrols and raise awareness in communities about this issue.”