ALAN CASTLE: Call the council to stop the plop

Dog poo.
Dog poo.
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I for one, was delighted that the Gazette had started to wage war again on the irresponsible dog owners who refuse to clean up after their pets.

It’s anti-social, it’s unfriendly, it’s unhealthy, it’s selfish, it’s downright vile.

Apart from spoiling your walk around a favourite town or park, dog-poo-littered footpaths and pavements are a real turn-off for tourists.

The Gazette has published many stories about dog-fouling over the years and carried campaigns to remind owners of their responsibilities.

The last one, Scoop the Poop, seemed to make a difference in making people realise they were spoiling our neighbourhoods for fellow residents and visitors alike.

But the situation has become intolerable again.

Piles of smelly deposits pepper the paths in all our communities – no village nor town seems to escape, if comments on Facebook are anything to go by.

And when you see one of those heaps spread all over the pathway after being trodden in, your disgust is multiplied.

So now it’s time to do something about it before we disappear under a mountain of detritus.

Apart from imploring people to PICK UP AFTER YOUR PETS, we should now become more pro-active.

Commendably, Northumberland County Council is training its traffic wardens to catch the culprits in the act and issue fines to help prick their consciences the next time they are tempted to leave a pile of poo for someone else to clear up or step in.

As last week’s Gazette pointed out, we can do our bit to assist the enforcers by reporting incidences of dog owners allowing their pets to foul then ignoring the mess left.

It’s easy! Simply log on to the council’s website and click on the ‘report dog fouling’ link.

It’s there alongside sections to complain about potholes, fly-tipping, cracked pavements, broken street lights, ungritted roads and missed bin collections, among others – it’s my most favourite page on the whole World Wide Web!

Alternatively, you can call 0845 600 6400 and report it in person. Let’s make the perpetrators pay for their selfish actions – they might think twice next time.