Clean up after your dog

Angry...Stephen Bilbie beside the dog bin which is not being used in Fleckney. (Picture: Andrew Carpenter/001398-45)
Angry...Stephen Bilbie beside the dog bin which is not being used in Fleckney. (Picture: Andrew Carpenter/001398-45)

FLECKNEY is launching a campaign to clean up dog mess after residents complained about the problem in their village.

The Mail launched a campaign last year to clean up dog mess in the district and encourage people to clean it up.

Now Fleckney will be adopting posters created by The Mail to try and tackle a problem with dog mess in the village.

Cllr Stephen Bilbie of the parish council said that he regularly gets complaints from villagers about dog mess.

On several occasions dog mess has even been thrown over in bags into the gardens of residents.

Cllr Bilbie said: “We have still got lots of issues and no matter how many dog bins we provide we are still getting an awful lot of mess.

“It is carrying disease and is getting on people’s feet and on the wheels of push chairs.”

Although he said that the majority of people in the village are making use of bins and clearing up dog mess there are still people who are not clearing it up.

There is also a problem in parks where village children play. Cllr Bilbie said people are letting dogs off leads and then not clearing up the mess that their dogs leave behind them.

The parish council originally believed that the problem was down to a lack of bins but after providing more for dog walkers the problem is still happening.

Now Cllr Bilbie plans to use posters to deter dog mess and to remind people to bag it and bin it and not leave it in the street.

He said: “We are going to get them into schools and all around Fleckney to get the message out there.”