Pair take action over dog waste

Herald Series: Wantage mayor Charlotte Dickson, left, with her dog Flossie, and Fiona Roper and her dog Raffles Wantage mayor Charlotte Dickson, left, with her dog Flossie, and Fiona Roper and her dog Raffles

TWO district councillors for Wantage are distributing bags for dog waste following a spate of fouling affecting a town primary school.

Charlotte Dickson and Fiona Roper, who are district councillors for Wantage Charlton, are handing out the bags following a flood of complaints during the past three months.

They are keen to improve the situation and have bought the bags from their district councillors’ allowance.

Mrs Dickson, of Newbury Street, who is also town mayor, said: “There has been a noticeable increase in the amount of dog waste in Newbury Street and the surrounding area. People walk their dogs in Manor Road Recreation Ground and some of them are not using the dog bins provided.

“It’s unpleasant for pupils of Wantage Primary School in Manor Road, and for other residents, which is why we are trying to tackle this.

“We are spending about £100 to start with, so that we can leave the sacks at the civic hall and at a number of shops.

Mrs Dickson said she walks her Irish Terrier in the park in Manor Road. “I’m quite neurotic about clearing up after him,” she said. “I make sure I do it, and other dog owners should do the same. We don’t want dog mess to put off visitors from coming to the town.”

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Mrs Dickson said she had also lobbied the Vale council’s environmental health department, urging officers to hand out fines to dog owners whose pets foul parks or pavements.

She added: “A fine of £50 could act as a deterrent.”

Mrs Roper, who is one of Mrs Dickson’s neighbours, and is also a dog owner, added: “During the past three months we have had a lot of complaints about this, especially from parents at the primary school, so we decided to take the initiative.

“There’s no excuse for failing to clear up after your dog and hopefully making these bags available will improve the situation. We will see how this works as a trial and then we could extend the scheme.”

The plastic bags can be collected from Wantage Civic Hall, Ledbury’s in Grove Street, and the Dolphin Gallery in Market Place.

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9:26pm Wed 2 Jan 13

Buntcuster says...

We have a bad problem in Grove with Dog poop not being picked up. Maybe it should be law for dog walkers to carry bags on them, Or if they are found guilty of not clearing up the mess,they should be banned from keeping pets.
We have a bad problem in Grove with Dog poop not being picked up. Maybe it should be law for dog walkers to carry bags on them, Or if they are found guilty of not clearing up the mess,they should be banned from keeping pets. Buntcuster
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11:54pm Wed 2 Jan 13

oxinkytext says...

Do they really think that irresponsible dog owners are going to be bothered to make the effort to collect special bags?

If they cannot pick up a bag from their own house before a dog walk, it is not going to make any difference to the mess. Besides, even removing dog faeces with a bag does not totally eliminate toxicara infection from the ground. Dogs and sports pitches do not mix.

These councillors would be better off getting enforcement and ensuring dogs do not foul pitches at the recreation ground in the first place.
Do they really think that irresponsible dog owners are going to be bothered to make the effort to collect special bags? If they cannot pick up a bag from their own house before a dog walk, it is not going to make any difference to the mess. Besides, even removing dog faeces with a bag does not totally eliminate toxicara infection from the ground. Dogs and sports pitches do not mix. These councillors would be better off getting enforcement and ensuring dogs do not foul pitches at the recreation ground in the first place. oxinkytext
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7:40am Thu 3 Jan 13

livid99 says...

Disgusting animals.....
Disgusting animals..... livid99
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1:58pm Thu 3 Jan 13

1onlineheraldreader says...

livid99 says...

"Disgusting animals"

Do you mean Dickson and Roper, the two councillors. LOL
livid99 says... "Disgusting animals" Do you mean Dickson and Roper, the two councillors. LOL 1onlineheraldreader
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5:58pm Thu 3 Jan 13

carfax cabby ox1 says...

Strange that you get an £80 fine for dropping your ciggy butt, yet dog owners get away with letting that disgusting mess come out of their dog's butt.
Strange that you get an £80 fine for dropping your ciggy butt, yet dog owners get away with letting that disgusting mess come out of their dog's butt. carfax cabby ox1
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7:33am Fri 4 Jan 13

livid99 says...

Just wait to see who's dog is doing this, and if the owner doesn't pick it up, then just follow them home and push it through their letter box with a note. They may then get the message.
Just wait to see who's dog is doing this, and if the owner doesn't pick it up, then just follow them home and push it through their letter box with a note. They may then get the message. livid99
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5:46pm Sun 6 Jan 13

Nic1984 says...

"Disgusting animals...." surely refers to the dog owners who feel it's ok to leave piles of "mess" wherever. Makes you wonder what other low standards they have........
"Disgusting animals...." surely refers to the dog owners who feel it's ok to leave piles of "mess" wherever. Makes you wonder what other low standards they have........ Nic1984
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6:34pm Tue 8 Jan 13

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