Parish considers CCTV in bid to combat dog poo

Belford Parish Council is considering installing CCTV to deter those who fail to oick up after their dogs.
Belford Parish Council is considering installing CCTV to deter those who fail to oick up after their dogs.

Belford Parish Council is considering installing CCTV in the village in a bid to catch irresponsible dog owners who don’t pick up after their pets.

Villagers have been complaining that the streets are plagued with dog mess for months, with problem areas including outside the first school and along Main Street.

Commenting on Facebook, Angela Mahoney said: “I wish Belford could have regular visits from the poo patrol wardens and for them to start dishing out some hefty fines.

“It’s not as if there is a shortage of bins around the village to bag it and bin it!”

She added: “It’s not just on the pavements, it’s on grass verges and on public footpaths on country walks.

“If you can’t clean up after your dog you shouldn’t have one!”

Bringing the issue to the parish council’s attention at its December meeting last Thursday, Coun Karon Ives said: “The problem of dog mess in the village is not going away – I have been bombarded with complaints about it recently.

“There’s a council in Plymouth that has put posters up with glow-in-the-dark eyes which seem to have been effective – it makes dog owners think that someone is watching them.

“That’s one of the suggestions I’ve been given, the other is CCTV, which may make people think twice about not picking up, and would help us identify where the problem is coming from.”

County councillor John Woodman said the parish council could contact the dog warden.

But council chairman Brenda Stanton said: “We have tried to get the dog warden to come out, but they wanted specific times and specific areas when it is happening so they can come then.

“We don’t know exactly when it’s happening, but we can try again to get them to come.”

After discussion, it was decided the parish council would look into the practicalities of installing cameras in the village.