Dog mess campaign claims victory
A campaign to make Kirklees Council do more to tackle dog fouling has been victorious.
Last month the News reported how Eileen Hartley, of Upper Batley Lane, was so angry about the level of dog dirt in Batley that she started a protest petition, collecting 200 signatures.
Mrs Hartley was inspired to take action after the News highlighted residents fury about the problem, with some referring to the town as ‘poo city’ (‘Blight of our town’, January 17).
Now council officers have pledged to put up more signs in the area, install new bins for dog dirt and talk to local schoolchildren about keeping their streets clean in a bid to deter dog owners from leaving mess behind.
Coun Gwen Lowe (Lab, Batley West), met Mrs Hartley on Friday with Streetscene officers Rob Dalby and John Hollins.
She said: “It was a really positive meeting.
“Some people do pick it up but then discard the bags willy-nilly.
“Hopefully new bins will encourage people to pick it up and put in the bin.”
Coun Lowe said there was also plans to increase patrols in the area and urged anyone who witnessed owners allowing their dogs to foul without picking it up to report it to the council.
“Trying to catch them is difficult but if people do know who’s doing it they must let us know,” she said.
Mrs Hartley said she was pleased with the outcome of the meeting.
“As far as I’m concerned I’ve done what I set out to do.” she said.
“The campaign snowballed and everyone’s been really supportive.”
Mrs Hartley said she was hopeful that the new measures would help tackle the problem.
“Councillor Lowe has been very good and very helpful,” she said.
“There’s not a lot more they can do, time will tell whether it’s done any good. Let’s hope.”
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