Groups get together to urge dog owners to scoop poop



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Updated 8:21am 27 September 2012


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A NEW pilot scheme was launched in Porthcawl last week to tackle the menace of people not clearing up after their dogs.

The launch of “Yes to Clean Streets!” was attended by partners in the pilot including Bridgend council, Porthcawl Town Council, Porthcawl Shout, the neighbourhood policing team and Porthcawl Chamber of Trade.

Leaflets have gone out to residents of Porthcawl and new “bin it here” signs have been placed by the partnership team on every bin.

Jeff Saunders, of Porthcawl Shout, said: “Tackling this problem has been on our agenda for a long time.”


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An additional enforcement officer solely for Porthcawl is being deployed working shifts to ensure coverage from very early mornings and late at night.

A training event between the police and the enforcement manager was held to ensure close coordination, fixed penalty fines are £100 with any going to court carrying fines of up to £1,000.

PCSO Sharyn Philemon pointed to the dog fouling problem being regularly raised at all of the area Pact meetings.

“Various public awareness events have been run in the past,” she said. “But all we are doing is preaching to the already converted.”

Launch organiser Mike Clarke said: “Originally each of the partners was pursuing their own ideas until coming together to pool resources into a coordinated campaign. Residents are totally fed up with the anti-social behaviour of a small minority of dog owners who do not pick up after their dogs.”

The pilot will operate for 12 months and be led by Marshall Greer, of Bridgend council, who said: “We recognise the frustration felt by residents and are delighted to have such forthright support from groups in Porthcawl.”

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