Dog-mess crusade gathers support

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A HUCKNALL councillor has backed residents who are campaigning on Facebook for a crackdown on dog mess.

And he disclosed that he has dished out more than 2,000 poo-collection bags across the town.

Before Coun Ian Morrison (Lab) won his seat on Ashfield District Council last year, he highlighted the problem with dog mess on The Ranges beauty spot between Hucknall and Linby.

Now, as highlighted in a Dispatch front-page exclusive last week, locals have set up a Facebook group calling on residents to join forces and combat irresponsible dog-owners who fail to clean up after their pets.

The crusade, spearheded by Dave Birkin and Collette Parkin, was launched after a play day for youngsters on the Washdyke Lane recreation ground was forced indoors because play equipment was covered in dog mess.

Coun Morrison says he has already taken action by handing out the dog-poo bags in areas including Barbara Square, Washdyke Lane, the Vaughan Estate and at the George Street Club on St Mary’s Way.

Currently the bags are available for free at Ashfield Council offices, including the one on Watnall Road.

But Coun Morrison, who owns an English pointer dog named Dibble, wants the council to launch a regular round where it drops off bags at community collection points.

He said: “There is no excuse for not cleaning up after your pet. Anyone who fails in their duty should be ashamed.

“The council spends a lot in cleaning up the dog mess and making bags available.

“But there is more that can be done.”