Shotton Town Council on warpath over dog dirt clean up

Published date: 08 January 2014 |
Published by: David Humphreys
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ANNOYED town leaders have again hit out at dog foulers on their patch.

Members of Shotton Town Council have expressed their frustration that some dog owners are not more courteous towards other residents when it comes to disposal of dog mess.

Cllr Mike Evans spoke of his own personal experiences in tackling dog dirt.

He said: “There is a real problem with dogs and their owners.

“There are incidents in a number of areas including Strickland Street and the 33 Club on Shotton Lane.

“Residents are fed up with this and are happy to pass names on to the authorities.”

Council chairman David Evans told colleagues he had received a letter from environment officers at Flintshire Council about dog fouling on Shotton Lane.

The letter revealed Shotton Lane had been earmarked as a hotspot for dog fouling and was receiving more patrols from officials in Shotton than anywhere else.

Seven penalty notices across the county have been handed out to dog owners who did not clean up their pet’s mess by Flintshire Council officials since a scheme to clean up the environment, Operation Clean-up, came in to force in April 2013.

Cllr Christine McClinton suggested dog owners had a poor attitude towards pet ownership.

“People don’t seem to care. They want a dog but they don’t want to deal with the mess,” she said.

Cllr Bill Barton added: “Dog mess is really unpleasant and has recently created a mess outside my mum’s house.

“It’s got to the stage where I’d have no problems dropping people’s names in to the authorities. It’s got beyond a joke.”

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