Council chief slams ‘scum of the earth’ dog owners

Dog fouling sign and (below) Hugh Wignall head of neighbourhood services.
Dog fouling sign and (below) Hugh Wignall head of neighbourhood services.
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A council boss tasked with keeping an area of Blackpool clean and tidy has branded dirty dog owners “scum of the earth”.

Hugh Wignall, Blackpool Council’s head of neighbourhood services for the resort’s central wards, spoke out during a meeting of the Gateway Area Forum – when residents raised concerns about dog fouling, fly tipping and anti-social behaviour.

Hugh Wignall head of neighbourhood services.

Hugh Wignall head of neighbourhood services.

He said: “We need to make people who don’t clean up after their dogs feel like they are the scum of the earth, because that’s what they are.”

Community champions for Brunswick, Talbot and Claremont wards have laid out action plans for people living in the areas who feel they suffer from nuisance behaviour.

They include clean-up days, poster campaigns and rewarding dog owners when they clean up after their pet.

Toni Dagnall, community champion for dog fouling, told the Gateway Area Forum: “The dog fouling problems in Claremont are very bad.

“There is one patch of grass where dogs must have to queue up to go.

“Our volunteers have been giving out ‘caught doing the right thing’ cards which give entrance into a raffle for dog food. We feel it makes people think they are doing something right. It’s an incentive.”

Mr Dagnall said alleyways were being used by some residents to allow their dogs to foul and rubbish build up.

Mr Wignall added a clean up day in June saw 127 dog walkers spoken to, six warnings issued to walkers not carrying bags and 25 ‘caught doing the right thing’ cards handed out.

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