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South Gloucestershire may get dog waste clear up scheme

Logo reminding dog owners to clear up after their pets
Cllr Young said a scheme in Scotland saw a reduction in cases of dog waste

A new scheme to tackle the age-old problem of dog waste may be introduced in South Gloucestershire.

The Green Dog Walkers project, which is supported by the council, could see volunteers dog walkers sent out with extra waste bags to encourage more people to clear up.

The volunteers may also be used to report persistent offenders who refuse to clear up after their dogs.

Liberal Democrat Councillor Claire Young, who looks after the Westerleigh ward, came up with the idea.

"It's an idea that actually started up in Scotland," she said.

"I was looking for a way to involve the community in tackling dog fouling, as there's a particular problem in my own ward.

"Unfortunately there is an irresponsible minority who still haven't got the message and don't clear up after their dogs".

'Reductions'

The scheme could see volunteer dog walkers wearing an armband, or putting a special collar on their dogs, which Cllr Young hopes will remind other dog walkers to clear up after their pooches.

The volunteers will also carry extra waste bags, so if a dog fouls and the owner is caught-out without a bag, the volunteer can help by giving them one.

"The scheme seems to have been effective elsewhere," added Cllr Young.

"In the part of Scotland where the green Dog Walker scheme started, before and after counts showed that there were reductions in dog fouling - dramatic ones in some cases.

"So I think it's worth a try. This is supposed to be a friendly, non-confrontational scheme.

"Certainly the dog wardens in South Gloucestershire are always keen to hear about hot-spots, where they might want to target their penalties.

"And there will still be a need for penalties."

Cllr Young said that "councillors across the parties" backed the idea, so the executive member will now investigate whether a similar scheme could work in South Gloucestershire.




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