Community councillors take novel approach to dog fouling problem

By Caleb Spencer in Environment

BORTH councillors have come up with a novel approach to tackling the problem of dog fouling.

In an effort to raise awareness of the problem of dog fouling along a lane which is popular with dog walkers, Borth community councillors filled 146 bags with dog waste and left them there for 48 hours.

The group then returned to Church Lane, which leads from High Street to St Matthew’s Church, to collect the bags and dispose of them correctly.

The chair of Borth Community Council, Carol Bainbridge, told the Cambrian News this week that the idea, which had the prior approval of Ceredigion County Council, was to raise awareness of the problem among dog walkers.

“I think it went successfully, and I think it proved that there is a problem and that it is local people as well as tourists who are responsible,” Cllr Bainbridge said.

“We are not the only community council who have the problem, and it is not confined to this one area — it is a problem on pavements and on the beach.

“It makes people aware when they are walking their dogs, and we hope to do it again.

“We are a very proactive council when it comes to dog fouling. We have new notices for dog walkers on the beach and take leaflets around to local shops.

“Some areas will have fluorescent paint around them, but that leaves paint which does not make the area look any better.”

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