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HAVE YOUR SAY: Fury as dog deposits paint town brown instead of red

Workington's Paint the Town Red festival brought the community together and raised thousands of pounds for charity, but one thing marred the event – dog poo.

DISGUSTED: John Head, Paint the Town Red committee member

Allerdale council arranged for Curwen Park and Vulcan Park to be cleared of dog mess the day before the event.

But by the time event organisers arrived the next day both parks had been littered with dog poo which had not been picked up.

Organisers of the May 19 festival had to dodge the problem when positioning stalls and attractions, and it posed a hazard for people picnicking in the sun.

Committee member John Head, of the Rotary Club of Workington, said: “It’s quite disgusting when you think this was a family fair we were putting on.

“It is hard work setting these things up without having to dance around the stuff.

“We had to be wary all the time.

“It was very thoughtless.”

Coun Michael Heaslip, Allerdale council’s executive member responsible for tackling dog fouling, said: “We are hugely disappointed that the irresponsible actions of a few dog owners overnight damaged people’s enjoyment of the festival.

“Now we are more aware that these parks are as badly affected we will ensure it is listed as a priority and make every effort to apprehend offenders through systems that have proven successful elsewhere.

“Dog owners need to start taking responsibility for cleaning up and residents who witness dog fouling must report it to the council if we are to have any chance of combating this problem.”

In the first six weeks since the council launched a crackdown on dog fouling, backed by the Times & Star, 48 complaints were made to the council.

Thirty-two of those were in weeks two and three.

The number of dog poo deposits found by street cleaning workers has steadily declined from about 850 in the first week to about 400 in week six.

Thirteen fines were issued over the same period – one third of the total number of fixed penalties handed out last year.

In a report to be considered by the council’s scrutiny board today, locality officer Bob Henderson said: “Even with the success of the publicity campaign in getting people to report problem areas, catching offenders continues to be a challenging task.”

To report dog fouling, visit www.allerdale.gov.uk/dogfouling, email customer. service@allerdale.gov.uk or call 01900 702800.

Have your say

Are people of Allerdale aware that there are people employed with vans/paid holidays/pension's & get sick pay that should enforce the law on dog mess...try any cycle way,or any street i.e moorclose rd etc.. can you see a warden? Begs the question what are they being paid for?

Posted by stee on 24 February 2013 at 10:50

I don't get the point that Mikey is trying to make.

Is he having a go at TA, or the people who don't clean up after their dogs??

Posted by anon on 6 June 2012 at 13:06

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