There is an issue with dog fouling at the moment around town and the Town Council would like to explain some of the actions it has taken so far.
The dog wardens have been asked to patrol certain problem areas and there is a small team of local residents spraying dog mess with red paint. The reason for the spraying is so that the mess can be clearly seen and people can avoid stepping in it. Please note that the group are not allowed to pick the mess up.
The Town Council sponsored a dog poster competition in the Summer with the school children and the two winning posters have been put up around town. We have discussed but for the moment discounted providing dog poo bags. The Council is also aware of the “watching eyes” poster campaign and will discuss this at the start of next year.
In the last year we have installed a larger bin on Back Lane at the join with Guggle as it was usually full and a new bin will be installed shortly at the path leading to the Fortey Road woods between Farmington Road and MacArthur Road. We also moved the bin from the bottom of Bettensen Drive to across the road so it is on a pavement rather than a verge. This has all been as a result of residents suggesting improvements so please keep the ideas coming!
Allowing a dog to foul a public place is unpleasant, can cause severe illness and even blindness in farm animals and people. It is also illegal, carrying a penalty of up to £1000.
If you wish to report an incident please use the following link to contact the Environmental Wardens at Cotswold District Council: www.cotswold.gov.uk/animal-control-welfare/dog-fouling/.