Problem needs to be addressed

In response to the letter from Phil Scott, head of environment and leisure, regarding dog-fouling (News Guardian, March 27), is he expecting us to believe that council patrols are ‘working tirelessly to remove it and prevent it from occurring’?

Only 48 fixed penalty notices in a year!

How many dog wardens do we pay for that return?

Even if it’s only one warden, that’s still less than one per week. Hardly enough to cover the cost of the fuel for one vehicle.

My boy plays football for Cullercoats at Links Avenue and before most games some unfortunate parent has to go round with the shovel and pick up the filth before the game can start.

The council could put a warden here and easily issue 48 penalty notices in a week.

Strange how the council can employ armies of traffic wardens to issue tickets for offences that are minor compared to having to live amongst this sea of dog mess with very little being done about it.

It’s not just Links Avenue that has this problem. Almost every open space, playing field or footpath is the same, yet the council say they clear it up.

How come it’s still there, week after week?

I rang the number to report fouling twice and the girl that answered said the warden would ring me back. I’m still waiting nearly three years on.

It doesn’t matter how many bins or notices the council provide, the people who allow their dogs to foul don’t care and aren’t afraid because there’s very little chance of being caught.

As for organising clean-ups, why should residents pick up litter and dog filth when we pay a hefty council tax for others to do that very job?

As a small business owner, I would be delighted if someone paid me to do a job and I just supervised while they did the actual work themselves.

This is becoming a huge problem, one that needs to be addressed properly and quickly.

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