Dog fouling problem a ‘major issue’ in Doncaster

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Sue Wilkinson, who represents the Central ward on Doncaster Council, confirmed dog fouling had been a major issue among residents.

She said: “It is something that we get a huge number of complaints about in community meetings. It is something that concerns people.

“Some may think it is only a small issue in the scheme of things, but it really affects people when they walk out, and it something people see every day, making it a big day to day issue for a lot of people.”

She said she thought people needed educating about the need for clearing up after their pets and taking responsibility for them.

“There are too many dog owners who do not care,” she said. “It is not acceptable to let your dog foul the pavement.

“There are stencils on some streets warning people to clear up, but some people don’t take any notice. It’s enforcement that will change the way people behave. We need people to report it so enforcement officers can see them do it and act.”

Among the most complaints on one street in any one month were five complaints about the problem in Waterdale in the town centre in June 2013.

A more recent hotspot has been The Grove in Wheatley Hills, which had three complaints in March, the most that month.

A spokesman for Doncaster Council said: “Doncaster has zero tolerance on all forms of anti-social behaviour and we take environmental crime seriously and encourage residents to love where they live.

“We undertake regular patrols and raise awareness in communities about this issue.”