Dog mess row creates a stink for residents

NBENBE120217b2, Amber Valley council workers Kevin Black and Wayne Palethorpe cleaning up dog messon Acorn Drive Belper.

NBENBE120217b2, Amber Valley council workers Kevin Black and Wayne Palethorpe cleaning up dog messon Acorn Drive Belper.

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AN ASTONISHING amount of dog mess has been blighting the lives of residents on a street in Belper.

One disgruntled local, who lives on Acorn Drive, said he cleared up 57 individual piles of faeces on a section of grass that was only about 20ft by 20ft.

On another occasion he claimed he cleared up 40 piles of mess in one go.

The man, and one of his neighbours, said the mess was piling up on a stretch of communal garden at the back of properties and also on the grass between the pavement and homes.

“There is a real problem with dog fouling on Acorn Drive,” said the man, who wanted to remain anonymous.

“It is a health hazard. The communal lawn is supposed to be for everyone’s pleasure.”

A woman, who also wished to remain anonymous, said: “I have counted 13 lots of dog mess outside my house. And, on the ground right in front of my window there was another big mess.

“But I am not going to pick it up — why should I?

“There has always been a problem on here and you have to be careful where you put your feet. It must happen after we have closed our curtains.

“We just want people to clean up after their dog.

“Fair enough if people bring their dogs, but they should not be on this patch at the back. They would not like it if the dogs were doing it on their front doorsteps.”

The News rang Amber Valley Borough Council to see if anything could be done about cleaning the mess up. The day after our call, workmen were on Acorn Drive cleaning up.

Steve Haslam, regulation manager at the council, said: “Dog mess is a problem, particularly where we have inconsiderate dog owners that use the hours of darkness to let their dogs foul.

“It is a blight to the neighbourhood and a public health risk, especially to young children. We aim to respond to dog mess enquiries as soon as possible,

“ I would remind inconsiderate dog owners that fouling the footways is an offence under the Environmental Protection Act.”

Fines can be issued to dog owners who do not clean up after their pets. Dog fouling incidents should be reported to the council on 01773 841335.

n Do you have a problem near you? Is your street even worse? If so get in touch at editor@belpernews.co.uk.