War on dog mess gathers support

CAMPAIGN CHAMPION ' Dave Birkin and dog Lizzie at Washdyke Lane recreation ground in Hucknall

CAMPAIGN CHAMPION ' Dave Birkin and dog Lizzie at Washdyke Lane recreation ground in Hucknall

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A COMMUNITY campaign to rid Hucknall of disgusting dog mess is gathering pace thanks to the support of local residents, the Dispatch and Ashfield District Council.

Nearly 120 supporters have joined a Facebook page urging action to clear the town’s parks and streets of excrement that irresponsible dog owners fail to clear up.

Hucknall resident Dave Birkin, who is behind the crusade, said that everybody is talking about the need to clean up public places so that locals can go out without the fear of walking in something nasty.

“Everybody is up for it,” said Dave, of Annesley Road.

“They are all saying the same thing — that it’s everywhere, no matter where you live.”

The campaign came about after a play event at the Washdyke Lane recreation ground in Hucknall had to be moved indoors because the venue was covered in dog dirt.

Dave says that the area is still badly affected, but he has heard that one dog owner was recently fined for not clearing up after their pet.

He said: “I think we need the wardens going round more.

“If they had somebody in one location from 9 am until 3 pm, they would issue enough fines to more than pay the guy’s wages — it’s rife.”

Ashfield District Council is organising days of action to raise community awareness about dog fouling — including one at Washdyke Lane rec, as well as launching other initiatives aimed at tackling the problem.

If residents do spot anybody twho is allowing their dog to foul they are asked to report them to the council with as much information as possible by calling 0800 183 84 84.