Baildon residents circle dog mess to highlight unpleasant problem caused by lax owners

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Trevor Peel (left) and John Murgatroyd. Right, one of the messages to dog owners on Brantcliffe Drive, Baildon Trevor Peel (left) and John Murgatroyd. Right, one of the messages to dog owners on Brantcliffe Drive, Baildon

Neighbours are waging war on a plague of dog mess by circling “scenes of grime.”

Angry residents, who say the problem is blighting life in Baildon, are ringing any piles of poo littering their streets in a bid to to shame slack dog owners into cleaning up after their pets.

Homemade posters asking owners to remove mess are also fixed to fences along Brantcliffe Drive, which is a through-route to dog walks on Baildon Moor.

“It’s a total disgrace, there are a few people who don’t care about where they live and think picking up the muck is beneath them,” said Trevor Peel, of St Eloi Avenue.

Mr Peel, 66 has teamed up with neighbour John Murgatroyd to fight their own campaign against the curse of dog mess.

“I’ve been circling mess with plaster powder to highlight the problem and make people aware of how filthy it is,” said retired decorator Mr Murgatroyd, 75.

He and Mr Peel, both former dog owners, said the problem was people sneaking out at first light or at dusk with dogs too desperate to make it to the moor.

Mr Peel said there should be instant penalties for not carrying poo bags or scoops. “People need to be caught and actually fined, not just given warnings.”

Baildon councillor Val Townend said she was acting on many reports of an increase in the fouling problem.

“We must clamp down on this – people in Baildon are very proud of where they live and are rightly very upset by this,” said Coun Townend (Baildon, Con).

“There are plenty of dog bins and I’ve spoken to council officers, who have enforcement powers and I am confident action will be taken.”

Damian Fisher, Shipley Area Co-ordinator, confirmed there was also a council drive against dog dirt. He said: “We are aware of this problem and Council Wardens have been undertaking additional patrols in the area, including early mornings.

“This is an issue where information from local residents really helps and we have appealed to them for information, such as times and descriptions of the culprits, so that we can try and target those responsible.

“A fixed penalty notice for dog fouling for £80 was issued in Baildon last week and one today in Roberts Park.”

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11:07am Thu 28 Feb 13

Albion. says...

Anyone caught allowing this to happen, should be featured on posters all over the area, so everyone is aware who it is.
Anyone caught allowing this to happen, should be featured on posters all over the area, so everyone is aware who it is. Albion.

11:58am Thu 28 Feb 13

beardedclam says...

And the circles of plaster powder do what exactly??
Makes an unsightly problem even more unsightly.
And the circles of plaster powder do what exactly?? Makes an unsightly problem even more unsightly. beardedclam

12:02pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Albion. says...

beardedclam wrote:
And the circles of plaster powder do what exactly??
Makes an unsightly problem even more unsightly.
They might just save someone from treading in something unpleasant.
[quote][p][bold]beardedclam[/bold] wrote: And the circles of plaster powder do what exactly?? Makes an unsightly problem even more unsightly.[/p][/quote]They might just save someone from treading in something unpleasant. Albion.

12:05pm Thu 28 Feb 13

scanipoos says...

We have an area. adjacent to woodland and the main offenders are owners who just let their dogs out of the door to defecate on the pavement. Making out its us the responsible dog owners who are to blame if you have a dog pick up after it ..Simplz
We have an area. adjacent to woodland and the main offenders are owners who just let their dogs out of the door to defecate on the pavement. Making out its us the responsible dog owners who are to blame if you have a dog pick up after it ..Simplz scanipoos

1:34pm Thu 28 Feb 13

webess says...

Dogs are a major nuisance - fouling, barking, attacking etc.

Time to tax them, £200 per year per dog with £1,000 fine and destruction for a first offence of fouling or attacks.
Dogs are a major nuisance - fouling, barking, attacking etc. Time to tax them, £200 per year per dog with £1,000 fine and destruction for a first offence of fouling or attacks. webess

4:05pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Bone_idle18 says...

webess wrote:
Dogs are a major nuisance - fouling, barking, attacking etc.

Time to tax them, £200 per year per dog with £1,000 fine and destruction for a first offence of fouling or attacks.
Bit harsh on destruction for fouling, unless you mean the owners?
[quote][p][bold]webess[/bold] wrote: Dogs are a major nuisance - fouling, barking, attacking etc. Time to tax them, £200 per year per dog with £1,000 fine and destruction for a first offence of fouling or attacks.[/p][/quote]Bit harsh on destruction for fouling, unless you mean the owners? Bone_idle18

5:27pm Thu 28 Feb 13

What now says...

Dog owners are irresponsible stupid people....many times i have walked on the canal to see plastic bags thrown into the bushes, its about time the dog license was brought back, the council could administer it, the council would then place a dog collar with a coloured disc, anyone seeing a dog without it call the wardens, secondly the dog could be chipped so that if a dog is found and the chip idebtified, the owner faces a face....simple
Dog owners are irresponsible stupid people....many times i have walked on the canal to see plastic bags thrown into the bushes, its about time the dog license was brought back, the council could administer it, the council would then place a dog collar with a coloured disc, anyone seeing a dog without it call the wardens, secondly the dog could be chipped so that if a dog is found and the chip idebtified, the owner faces a face....simple What now

5:28pm Thu 28 Feb 13

gladiator-mac says...

Mr Peel states the pavement are fouled as the dogs are desperate prior to reaching the moor, this implies its acceptable to allow the dogs to foul and not clean up on the moor.
It has been law for over 2 years now in the Bradford district that if you fail to clean up any where on public land including moor and woodland you are committing an offence and subject to the same penalty as allowing your dog to foul on the streets.
The moor is used as a public place of enjoyment by many not just dog walkers and dog mess is a health risk particularly to the children playing on the moor.
Mr Peel states the pavement are fouled as the dogs are desperate prior to reaching the moor, this implies its acceptable to allow the dogs to foul and not clean up on the moor. It has been law for over 2 years now in the Bradford district that if you fail to clean up any where on public land including moor and woodland you are committing an offence and subject to the same penalty as allowing your dog to foul on the streets. The moor is used as a public place of enjoyment by many not just dog walkers and dog mess is a health risk particularly to the children playing on the moor. gladiator-mac

5:51pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Outraged English Subject says...

Stercoraceous shall always be a persistent and an offensive problem in the district. It could be worse; we could all live in Paris.
Stercoraceous shall always be a persistent and an offensive problem in the district. It could be worse; we could all live in Paris. Outraged English Subject

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