A campaign has been launched in Louth to tackle irresponsible dog owners and clean up the streets.
Launched by East Lindsey District Council with support from local organisations, including the Mayor of Louth, Councillor Jill Makinson-Sanders, the campaign, called ‘Not on my street’ is encouraging dog owners to clear up after their pets and for local people to report offenders.
Posters by Keep Britain Tidy highlighting the issue will be distributed to the public and a new webpage has been launched at www.e-lindsey.gov.uk/notonmystreet explaining the penalty associated with being caught not clearing up after a dog and details of how the community can report offenders. The poster can also be downloaded from the webpage for people to print to put in their windows.
Leader of the Council, Coun Doreen Stephenson, said: “Dog fouling is a blight on our community and it will not be tolerated. This new campaign will help us to catch those irresponsible dog owners who fail to clean up after their pets. It is vital that local people help us by reporting offenders so we can track them down. By working together we can put a stop to dog fouling once and for all.”
Mayor of Louth and Louth Town District Councillor, Coun Makinson-Sanders, said: “As a granny I have every sympathy with young mums who have to struggle with prams and pushchairs along dirty streets and with my mother in a wheelchair I know it is very unpleasant for the disabled too. The problem usually gets a lot worse in winter and certainly it has been bad this year, with dog mess melting on the snowy pavements. There really is no excuse for owners allowing their dogs to use our footpaths and we should have zero tolerance against offenders.”
Alastair McPhie Meiklejon, Louth in Bloom Chairman, said; “Louth is a beautiful town which is unfortunately blighted by irresponsible dog owners. The Louth in Bloom group is keen to encourage residents to be proud of where they live and look after their town, including clearing up rubbish and dog mess. If everyone did their bit it would make a huge difference.”
People who fail to clean up after their pets can be reported to the District Council on 01507 601111 or email email@example.com. Those reporting offenders are asked to make a statement for the Council to act upon.
If successful, the campaign will be rolled out to other areas in East Lindsey, where a problem with fouling is identified.