Dog wardens considered by town council

Berwick Town Council is to consider employing its own enforcement officers to stamp out dog fouling.

Friday, 29th September 2017, 08:41 am
Updated Thursday, 28th September 2017, 13:07 pm

The costs are to be investigated by town clerk Gareth Davies and reported back to councillors.

The idea arose after councillors decided to stop providing dog waste bags from dispensers at popular dog walking spots.

In a report to members, the clerk said there was no evidence the waste bags did anything to prevent dog fouling.

He also pointed out that dog waste bags are readily available from local stores and supermarkets.

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“There are no obstacles to residents providing themselves with a stock of bags,” he said.

In the last three years, the town council has budgeted £2,000 for the bags and this has been exceeded in the last two financial years.

There have also been problems with quantities of bags being removed, presumed stolen.

Coun Hazel Bettison said: “The £2,000 should be put towards catching the perpetrators.

“If we had people patrolling the likes of Spittal Prom it would be a much better use. There are people who park up there in the mornings and just sit in their cars while they let their dogs out to do their business.”

Coun Brian Parkin added: “People should be cleaning up after their own dog. How many people are caught short after leaving the house without a bag of their own?”

He also said there has been a number of times when the bags had been pulled out of the dispenser, creating more mess.

Coun Anne Forbes said it was a pointless exercise to have the dog waste bags.

“If people are not going to pick up the mess there’s no point in having the bags. We’re throwing money away.”

Coun Karin Graham told members that traffic enforcement officers also now had the power to give on the spot fines of £75. However, it was acknowledged that they had limited time to be patrolling for culprits in Berwick.