South Edinburgh begins drive to tackle dog fouling

A campaign to wipe out the issue of dog fouling has been launched in the south of Edinburgh.

Don’t Blame the Dog aims to involve the community to tackle the problem in hotspots around the neighbourhood.

The drive draws on feedback from the public in the Edinburgh People’s Survey, who said they’d like to see more done to deal with dog fouling, highlighting the areas needing the most attention.

The first phase of the initiative will see a series of awareness-raising drop-in events held in local offices, where environmental wardens will be on hand to offer advice and free dog fouling bags, as well as the option to report issues.

Posters, leaflets and new metal signage will target areas including Moredun, Inch, Gracemount, Gilmerton and various parks, where the public have reported the highest incidences of dog fouling.

Volunteers will also be recruited to help encourage owners to be responsible by marking circles around dogs’ dirt with temporary paint during a number of specially-organised exercises. Photographing the results and counting incidents will highlight the seriousness of the issue.

City of Edinburgh Council’s Environment Convener, Councillor Lesley Hinds, said: “The people of Edinburgh have spoken, and it’s clear they want to see more action to tackle dog fouling around the city. 

“We are committed to reducing the problem, which is not only an eyesore but poses health and safety risks for the public. 

“That’s why it’s so important that campaigns like Don’t Blame the Dog help address the issue by encouraging responsible dog ownership, as well as taking action against those who fail to co-operate.”

Further phases of the initiative, to take place during summer and into September, will involve patrols and CCTV facilities to pinpoint sources of the problem, while local school children will be asked for their ideas on how best to tackle the problem. 

It is an offence under the Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act 2003 to allow your dog to foul in any open public space or communal area and not pick up immediately, and is covered by a £40 fixed penalty with additional fines if not paid.

Upcoming dog fouling surgeries will take place between 10am and 3pm at the following locations and dates:

17 June - Valley Park Community Centre, Southhouse Road
19 June – South Neighbourhood Office, Captains Road
26 June – Moredun Library, Moredun Park Road
27 June - Gracemount Leisure Centre, Gracemount Drive       
30 June - Morrisons Supermarket, Gilmerton Road
8 July - Klondyke Garden Centre, Frogston Road
11 July - Gilmerton Community Centre, Gilmerton Road

Find out more about how to report dog fouling on the Council website.

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