Dog controls cut out mess

Complaints to Wyre Council about dog fouling have reduced by 63 per cent over the last six months. Below: Jennifer Milnes, Fleetwood.

Complaints to Wyre Council about dog fouling have reduced by 63 per cent over the last six months. Below: Jennifer Milnes, Fleetwood.

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A WAR on rogue animal owners is winning – council bosses today said.

The number of complaints to Wyre Council about dog fouling reduced by 63 per cent over the last six months.

Jennifer Milnes of Fleetwood

Jennifer Milnes of Fleetwood

From October 2011 to March 2012, there were 394 complaints to the authority about the mess being made on the streets.

This dropped to 146 over the following six months.

The changes come as enforcement officers from the council take measures to stop dog walkers from taking pets into open spaces.

In Fleetwood, pets are not allowed to be walked in the Marine Gardens, Fleetwood Cemetery and Larkholme Allotments in Fleetwood.

Dogs must be kept on a lead in Branksome Avenue, Bourne Way and Church Road playing fields in Thornton and Farnham Way and Cottam Hall fields in Poulton.

Dog-lover Jennifer Milnes, 62, of Greenfield Road, Fleetwood, says the council should be protecting certain areas from animals.

She said: “This is a good idea and I’m glad they are doing something.

“There’s never been restrictions before and dog walkers need to take notice of something like this.

“It will help protect owners from wild animals as well and this will help keep dogs safe – 
especially if they have to be kept on a lead.”

Mark Billington, head of operations at Wyre Council, told councillors at a meeting of the authority’s Street Cleansing Task Group that more people now know what to do to report an irresponsible owner.

He said: “Since the new service has been in operation the number of customer contacts has increased by 11 per cent, demonstrating people know they can contact the council about matters of concern.

“There was a higher intensity of staff in Fleetwood, although the flexible approach ensured the service would remain responsive to needs as they arose.

“A decrease of 63 per cent in the number of dog fouling complaints had been recorded, which reflected a combination of increased patrols, education and enforcement, and an improved mechanised sweeping regime.”

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