I am writing in response to the letter from R Strachan (News Guardian, September 19).
On behalf of North Tyneside Council, I would like to begin by thanking the hundreds of responsible dog owners in the borough who always clean-up after their dogs.
And while we agree with your reader’s comments regarding dog fouling being a selfish act, we must highlight how tirelessly the council works to remove and prevent it from occurring.
Dog fouling will not be tolerated in North Tyneside and we take necessary action against those who choose to break the law in this way.
In 2012-13, the council issued 72 on the spot £50 fixed-penalty notices to those caught dog fouling, double the amount from the previous year, and a further eight were prosecuted.
There are more than 500 dog waste bins strategically placed across the borough, including along popular dog walking routes, in parks, cemeteries, playing fields and other areas of high footfall.
As well as increasing patrols throughout North Tyneside and our teams taking away dog mess, the authority has also installed hundreds of ‘no dog fouling’ signs.
We reinforce messages of responsible dog ownership and take further action through our well-publicised and ongoing environment initiatives, such as estate clean-ups, big spring clean and the autumn campaign.
These initiatives also encourage the community to lend a hand – this year’s schemes have already seen 54 community litter picks take place; 2,200 schoolchildren visited to highlight the importance of maintaining a clean borough; 30 businesses joining in and 72 tonnes of rubbish removed.
To report witnessed incidents of dog fouling, if you would like to organise a clean-up in your area, or require any further information, please call 0345 2000 103.
Finally, I would to thank your readers for their continued support in helping to make North Tyneside an attractive place to live.
Head of Environmental Services