Ashby councillors aim to tackle dog mess issue - as cost of dealing with each 'deposit' is revealed

By Graham Hill

22nd Jun 2024 | Local News

How the signs might appear to dog owners in Ashby. Photo: Rattanachai Mokngam |
How the signs might appear to dog owners in Ashby. Photo: Rattanachai Mokngam |

Ashby de la Zouch Town Council has highlighted the problem of 'dog poo' on the Bath Grounds - suggesting it could cost as much as £100 a time to clear up mess.

This month's meeting of the Parks & Cemetery Committee considered ways of getting the message across to dog owners that there are finanicial implications to not clearing up after their pet.

Councillors were discussing a report from the Bath Grounds Advisory Group from April, where it was agreed the matter would be discussed at Town Council.

Cllr Carl Benfield said: "Dog fouling is still an issue - but when I spoke to the grounds maintenance team, I was quite shocked at the cost of picking up poo, plus it's not nice for them either if they're cutting the grass, then having to clean up.

"We discussed at the time that perhaps signs could be put up - even temporarily - that each dog fouling can cost us £100 in the cleaning of equipment and so on.

"If people realised there's a financial cost to them, or they're losing out in other areas - I just don't think they are aware.

"That might help or perhaps we use social media to get the message across."

Cllr Dave Bigby mentioned a Friends of the Bath Grounds campaign that had previously operated.

He said: "It was pretty successful.

"They drew attention to each deposit by planting a flag to draw attention to the fact that it was there.

"It made a difference - and it was worked out that it probably halved the instances in the short term.

"It's obviously crept back again now. I don't know if it's better or worse than it was.

"Maybe it's worth having another go at that, it's not difficult."


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