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Clean up campaign targets dog mess hotspots

Section:  Annan and Eskdale  | Tags: , , , , , ,

SIGNS are set to appear at dog fouling hotspots in Annan — urging anyone who sees an offender to report the crime.

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But the group behind the innovative, eye-catching campaign are also hoping the banners might cause dog walkers to think twice before allowing their pets to foul footpaths.

Alan Kay from The Royal Burgh of Annan Community Council said: “The community council are doing something about it when the council are only talking about it.

“I feel that actions speak louder than words, especially when it’s supposed to be number one on the council’s agenda and it’s very important.”

The community council have used their own funding to create the first banner, manufactured by Sign-It at Silverlaw Industrial Estate in Annan.

And the community council are now poised to purchase two more, which will be handed to community safety officers to be erected at some of the fouling hotspots in the town.

Alan said: “We want to obviously help resolve the problem, and do it in a positive way.”

Initially, Dumfries and Galloway Council had indicated that the campaign would not be able to use their name or number.

The council logo is still being withheld, but approval has been given for the banners to now feature the local authority’s telephone number, 03033333000.

Alan said: “We’re hoping that seeing these notices will deter people from doing it, and realise that it’s against the law apart from anything else.

“Hopefully they’ll pick it up and deposit it in the receptacles provided, because obviously we’ve heard that some people are okay at picking it up and putting in the bags, but then they’re not putting it in the bins provided which causes the same problem.”

The new signs will be appearing at locations Annan during the coming week.

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