Top 10 Sheffield streets blighted by dog mess

Lyn Smith lives in Beighton has to avoid a lot of dog poo when she takes her dog , Tilly, for a walk
Lyn Smith lives in Beighton has to avoid a lot of dog poo when she takes her dog , Tilly, for a walk
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The 10 Sheffield hotspots where dog fouling is complained about most often by fed-up residents can be revealed by The Star today.

Ten locations across the city which are most blighted by pet mess include roads in Hillsborough, Walkley, Greystones, Halfway and Lowedges.

And data uncovered as part of The Star’s Your Right to Know campaign shows more than 1,100 complaints were made to Sheffield Council about the problem last year.

Grandmother and dog owner Lyn Smith, of Beighton, said alleyways and playing fields near her home are constantly covered in dog mess.

“I always pick up my dog’s mess but I struggle to find a place to put my foot down to pick it up because of all the other fouling,” she said. “You just can’t move for it.

“My neighbours and daughter say that when they walk their kids to school, the ginnels on the way are a nightmare, so it is clearly a widespread problem. I moved here from Derbyshire a few months ago and my daughter said I had to realise I’m living in a big city now - but that is no excuse.”

The data uncovered from the council reveals the number of complaints has dropped since 2012, when 1,364 complaints were made. It also shows two fixed penalty notices were handed out to pet owners who failed to clean up their dog mess last year, and two have been given so far this year.

The council said ‘key areas’ were targeted - but often the trail had gone cold by the time of the report, so fines were not usually an option.

Detecting offences was ‘difficult’, a spokesman added.

Action weeks have been staged which involve officers going to problem locations to talk to dog walkers.

The council also rounds up about 1,100 stray dogs a year, and puts up signs to try to change rogue dog walkers’ bad behaviour.

Coun Jack Scott, cabinet member for the environment, said: “Dog owners have a responsibility to clean up after their pet and, if they’re not prepared to do that, they shouldn’t have a dog. We take tough action and use signs and other measures to educate owners, targeting areas where there is a particular problem. But if all dog owners were responsible there wouldn’t be a need for any of this.

“We need anyone who knows or sees a dog owner who persistently refuses to clean up after their animal to contact us with as much information as they can, so we can take strong action.”

Residents concerned about dog fouling in their community should call Streets Ahead on 0114 273 4567.

The streets which received the most complaints were:

Carnaby Road, Hillsborough: 34

Morley Street, Hillsborough: 28

Hammerton Road, Hillsborough: 22

Norgreave Way, Halfway: 19

Lowedges Road, Lowedges: 18

Halifax Road, Grenoside: 16

Langsett Road, Hillsborough: 15

Walkley Lane, Hillsborough: 15

Overton Road, Wadsley: 10

Ranby Road, Greystones, 10