Nantlle Dog Fouling Leaflet Launched

Date 21/02/2017
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Nantlle Dog Fouling Leaflet Launched

Llanllyfni Community Council and Gwynedd Council recently joined forces in a campaign to reduce dog fouling on the area’s paths and pavements. This follows complaints from local residents that the fouling situation was getting worse, despite the councils’ efforts in recent years to raise awareness of the problem.

 There were two parts to the campaign: Firstly, the community council created a leaflet entitled ‘Just put the Poo in the Bin!’, which maps every bin in the area where it’s possible to dispose of bagged dog waste. The leaflet also asks dog owners to arrange their walks with these bins in mind. The leaflets were produced with help from Gwynedd Council, through the Welsh Government’s Tidy Towns scheme.

 The leaflet also details the locations where the dog fouling kits are available, such as the public library and the Plas Silyn Leisure Centre. Also, as part of the campaign, a leaflet was given to each child at the four local primary schools and to local buinesses and community centres.

 In the second part of the campaign, Gwynedd’s Tidy Towns put up temporary posters with the slogan ‘Just Put the Poo in the Bin!’ along a path which links the vilage with the popular cycle track Lon Eifion. As part of this work all dog fouling incidents were recorded before and after the poster and leaflet campaign and as a result a 38% reduction in fouling was seen.

 The Chairman of Llanllyfni Community Council, Cllr Barry Bracegirdle, said: ‘Dog fouling is a long term and serious problem in parts of Penygroes. It causes a lot of worry and anger  amongst residents and especially to parents. The leaflet is simple and the message is clear to those who persist to break the law: ‘Just Put the Poo in the Bin! – with many bins locally, there is no excuse! I would like to thank Councillor Justin Davies for leading on this project.’

 Gwynedd Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, Councillor John Wynn Jones, added: ‘There’s no doubt that it is in the community where the ability to tackle the dog fouling problem most effectively lies – amongst the residents and their representatives and the majority of responsible dog owners. It’s great that Gwynedd’s Tidy Towns is able to help Llanllyfni Community Council address this problem through help with the leaflet costs and the poster campaign.’

 Toxicariasis

Many dogs are infected with parasites which can be harmful to people, especially children. Toxocariasis is a disease caused when the eggs of toxocara worms are transferred from dogs to people through infected dog mess or soil. Infection can lead to illness and even blindness.

In Gwynedd it is a criminal offence to take a dog onto designated children’s play areas, school grounds, sports pitches and certain beaches (April-September) or to allow your dog to foul any public space. Offenders are liable to receive a £100 fixed penalty, with failure to pay potentially leading to a court summons and a fine of up to £1,000.

 For more information regarding Gwynedd Council’s Tidy Towns scheme, contact the team on 01766 771 000 or send an e-mail to tidytowns@gwynedd.llyw.cymru

Tidy Towns is funded by a grant from the Welsh Government with the aim of improving the quality of the local environment.