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Dog mess is ‘ruining’ character of village

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 25, 2013

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A ‘LOVELY village’ is being ‘ruined’ by dog fouling in its High Street, a shop owner has claimed.

Tina Adams, who runs Adams Florist in Tutbury, said she counted 11 dog messes in the High Street during a single morning.

“We must have the dirtiest village about,” she said. “The feel of this lovely village is being ruined.”

Mrs Adams said she and other traders based in the High Street had grown weary of dog mess, claiming customers were liable to treading in it or avoiding the area altogether.

“It’s not nice for us as traders having to clear it up. But if we don’t, it will be our customers who tread in it,” she said.

Asked what her message to the offending dog owners would be, Mrs Adams said: “If these people feel they are responsible enough to own a dog, they should pick its mess up.

“Why do they feel we should clean up their dogs’ mess? You wouldn’t do this with a young child, so why with a dog?”

Mrs Adams believes dog mess in Tutbury High Street first became a problem last summer, but was now worse than it had ever been.

“It is worse now than I have ever known it,” she said. “People can’t believe how bad it’s getting.

“But there is very little we can do unless we actually catch people in the act not cleaning up after their dogs.”

Pete Steadman, chairman of Tutbury Parish Council, said he would look into the issue. “We certainly take things like this very seriously,” he said.

“A serious dog mess problem is not a good thing for the village, the people who live here or its visitors.

“There are means to address it and bring people to task over it.”

Councillor Steadman said the parish council had access to a warden, employed by East Staffordshire Borough Council, with the power to carry out spot-checks and issue on-the-spot fines to offending dog owners.

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  • Burton Mail  |  February 02 2013, 11:02AM

    I agree entirely with this article. I have noticed the dog fouling getting gradually worse and notably so since just before Christmas. Almost every morning I am cleaning other people's dog mess up from outside our house on the High Street. I own two dogs and always ensure I clean up after them. These irresponsible dog owners give us all a bad name.

  • Burton Mail  |  February 01 2013, 12:59PM

    This is also a serious problem in brizlincote valley.Its like a minefield at times just going for a walk round most streets in and around beaufort road and the nearby estates.The council spray warning notices of a £75 fine on the pavements buts its clearly no deterant at all and lazy dog owners take no notice.It need a tough response and a higher fine for people to sit up and take notice. Perhaps naming and shaming offenders once caught would see a change in attitude?

  • Burton Mail  |  January 29 2013, 8:20AM

    I live in Hatton and we too are plagued with Dog Mess. Walking round Field Avenue and Heath way is a nightmare. Especially at night when you can't see the pavement properly as the lighting is not very good. Also Dog Mess can be hidden under snow. If you own a dog think and clear your dog's mess!

  • Burton Mail  |  January 28 2013, 6:45PM

    its just another non enforced law that people think is just an advisory, similar to using comunication devices behind the wheel of a car,speeding,parking on pavement,yellow lines, cycling on the pavementdropping litter the list goes on. Its no good relying on peoples good intentions because its i,m alright jack sod everyone else isnt it?

  • Burton Mail  |  January 28 2013, 11:47AM

    sadly your village is not the only one. I live in Newhall and it is just as bad I even get it on my drive. I do own a dog and everywhere I go even without her I have lots of bags on me. I use nappy sacks they cost about 4o pence for hundreds or people can get them free from their local council. dog owners have no excuse whatsoever for leaving dog mess and should be held accountable for it the consequences are far too lenient. I did time myself and it takes literally seconds to pick up and if there aren't any bins, take it home and put it in yours.we need dog wardens out early morning say around 6.00 and then late evening. the early walkers are the worst offenders because they think no one is around to see them. Bigger and harsher penalties please.

  • Burton Mail  |  January 27 2013, 12:29PM

    It is not just dog fouling but a mass of chewing gum and litter. Tutbury desperatley needs a warden for all litter, it is effecting house prices and the overall prosperity of the village.

  • Burton Mail  |  January 27 2013, 11:44AM

    Mr Pete Steadman came into see me yesterday and has said that he is going to give this alot of attention and will be dealt with very quickly.

  • Burton Mail  |  January 26 2013, 3:14PM

    Unfortunately Tutbury is not alone in suffering from dog mess. Some areas have tried highlighting it by spray painting it, others have highlighted it by drawing round it with chalk and it has even brought out the poet in others. Dog mess is probably the most complained about subject at parish council meetings throughout the whole area. Rolleston Parish Council has provided free clean up bags in dispensers throughout the village but still it is a problem. The Neighbourhood Warden system with their fixed penalty punishments has not worked so maybe it is time to try something new. How about paying £100 to anyone who reports a person allowing their dog to foul the streets without cleaning it up. This could be funded by increasing the penalty to £200

  • Burton Mail  |  January 26 2013, 1:59PM

    Thankgoodness this disgusting mess has been reported on.I am absolutley fed up with seeing it, never mind accidently treading in it.Come on Tutbury locals have some pride and clean up after your dogs for goodness sake.

  • Burton Mail  |  January 26 2013, 3:22AM

    So just who many ticket have been issued??