MANY people are willing to take problems into their own hands – but few would extend that to dog fouling.
But try telling that to furious Frank Harmes, who is going the extra mile to tackle the problem in an area of Hawarden.
Mr Harmes is determined to see more action taken on dog owners who allow their pets to litter the pavements and fail to pick it up.
The Moorfield Road resident – who takes his own terrier, Bess, on on a daily stroll – has now taken to picking up other people’s dog mess as well as his own dog’s.
He said Moorfield Road is particularly bad for dog fouling, especially the pavements opposite his home where dog owners frequently walk by.
“I walk my dog along the same route every day and every day I see at least six new piles,” he said.
“I clean them up, bring them into my back yard and dispose of them.”
Mr Harmes has even pinned posters to poles along the road, reading: “Dog owners: This road is not a dog toilet. Pick it up. You are being watched.”
But he was outraged when dog mess was found underneath one of the warning notices.
He said: “I saw a man let his dog do it the other day and he said it wasn’t his dog, even though I saw him. There are signs on the street yet they still do it. I have written on posters and I even found mess underneath one of them. Something needs to be done.”
Flintshire Council said it will dish out on the spot fixed penalty notices to any owners not cleaning up after their dogs, a move supported by Alyn and Deeside MP Mark Tami.
He said: “It is great to see the council being proactive on this issue so everybody can enjoy walking in Flintshire.”
But Mr Harmes said this is not enough in some cases.
He said: “There’s are babies living on our road so having this on the streets can be very dangerous.”
Cllr Kevin Jones, Flintshire cabinet member for waste strategy, public protection and leisure, said: “Flintshire County Council is currently taking a zero-tolerance approach to all environmental crime including dog fouling with any offenders caught being issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) of £75.
“We have, over the course of the last few months, caught several people failing to clear up after their dogs and they have all been issued with FPNs, with one successful prosecution for non-payment resulting in a £495 fine being imposed.
“Our enforcement patrols are continuing throughout the county and we should be in the Hawarden area within the next week or so. This road will be added to our hot spot database and will be patrolled on a regular basis.
“Requests for dog fouling to be cleared or intelligence given on people not clearing after their dogs can be made by calling 01352 701234.”