Calls for owners to scoop the poop after dog-fouling concerns raised

Concerns have been raised by the amount of dog dirt in East Chevington.
Concerns have been raised by the amount of dog dirt in East Chevington.

Dirty dog owners have been criticised by disgusted parish councillors, amid concerns over the amount of muck that is being left.

The issue was raised at Monday’s meeting of East Chevington Parish Council by chairman Penelope Fidkin.

She said: “There is so much of it. There are dog deposits everywhere. Some people are putting the mess in bags, but then dropping them. People aren’t using the bins.”

Coun Rev Sue Reilly said she had been going to Broomhill and found a pile of dog dirt left 15 yards from the bin.

Coun John Leach told members that the amount of pet poo at Druridge Bay Country park is ‘getting worse’.

Northumberland County Council operates a zero-tolerance policy to dog fouling.

Offenders who fail to pick up after their pooches face an on-the-spot fine of £75 and if prosecuted a fine of up to £1,000.

Coun Scott Dickinson, who is county council ward member for Druridge Bay, said: “Several fines have been given in the Widdrington and Hadston areas. Work is going on to target people who are not being responsible.

“The number of bins in the parish have been increased over the last few years. There is an ample amount.”

For details on how to report dog fouling, visit www.northumberland.gov.uk