Clwt y Bont Residents Tackle Dog Fouling Nightmare
Residents in the Deiniolen area have had enough of the dog mess problem in their community, especially as it poses a health risk to the area’s children. At their wits’ end, the people of Clwt y Bont, Deiniolen called on Gwynedd Council’s Tidy Towns for help in dealing with the problem.
Deiniolen Community Council Member, Gwawr Wyn Roberts, said: “The problem of dog excrement in the Clwt y Bont children’s playground is causing great concern to local residents as it can cause serious illnesses. It is very disappointing that some dog owners are not disposing of their pet’s waste in a responsible way.
“We respectfully ask that all dog owners dispose of their dog’s mess in the dog waste bins, or their own bins. This will make the village cleaner and safer.”
Local County Councillor, Elfed Williams also urges dog owners in the area to take note of the numerous signs and place the bagged waste in a bin. The latest red warning signs also remind people that there is a £100 on-the-spot fine to those who ignore the warnings.
Councillor Williams said: “We have worked together with Tidy Towns many times to raise awareness of this offensive problem in our community, with pupils at Ysgol Gwaun Gynfi also taking part in the campaign by producing a colourful poster to put up in the village.
“It’s horrible to see so much dog mess on paths leading to the playground, and so i ask that all dog owners in the area heed the advice and dispose of the bagged waste in a bin.”
Councillor Catrin Wager, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Municipal, said: “Once again, here we have another community suffering from the scourge of dog mess in their community. As a Council, we receive a large number of complaints from across the county and the people of Clwt y Bont and Deiniolen are just one of many who have had enough.”
Following recent discussions with Gwynedd Council’s Tidy Towns about the dog fouling issue in the area, a supply of biodegradable poop bags have been left at Ty Elidir community Centre in Deiniolen, and these are now freely available to dog owners.
Gwynedd’s Tidy Towns and Gwynedd Councillors have been coordinating a recent eye-catching red sign campaign, and with a number of the ‘Just Put the Poo in the Bin!’ signs vandalised, it is clear that the message is an uncomfortable one for some.
Many dogs are infected with parasites which can be harmful to people, especially children. Toxocariasis is a disease caused when the eggs of toxicara 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Tidy Towns initiative is funded by Welsh Government, with the aim of improving the quality of the local environment.
Picture: Councillor Elfed Williams