A community campaign has been organised in Belle Isle and Middleton to reduce the amount of dog fouling and litter left by inconsiderate residents.
Councillor Kim Groves (Labour, Middleton Park) launched the new campaign to highlight the dangers and consequences of not picking litter or cleaning up after your pets. The campaign was launched with residents from New Forest Village and members of The Hunslet Club and Parkside Rugby Academy at Parkside Playing Fields.
Residents have raised particular concerns about the amount of dog excrement left on local sports pitches and playgrounds. Huge numbers of children make use of these facilities so there is a real concern for their health and safety.
With this in mind, Councillor Groves has worked with residents’ groups and sports clubs to bring the community together to raise awareness of the problem. Campaigners will be handing out leaflets, talking to dog owners and organising clean up days throughout the area.
The Council’s Environmental Action Team have also pledged their support and have produced new signs which will be erected in the area highlighting increased patrols by Dog Wardens and the penalties for not cleaning up after your pets and littering. There will also be increased use of CCTV to monitor problem areas.
Councillor Kim Groves (Middleton Park) said:
“The majority of people always clear up after their pets and do not litter, but there is a small yet persistent minority who show no concern for other people making use of our green spaces. This spoils the appearance of the area and poses a real threat to people’s health and safety, especially for children.
“This campaign will see a reduction in the amount of litter and dog excrement left behind and I look forward to working with the Council and the community to increase awareness of this issue. You could be issued with fines of up to £2,500 if you do not dispose of your litter and your dog’s waste so please do so to help improve our green spaces for the benefit of the whole community.”
Dennis Robbins (Chief Executive of the Hunslet Club) said:
“One of our most important areas of work is to provide children and young people with opportunities to play sports and keep active. Our rugby academy is increasingly popular but litter dog fouling sometimes means the children cannot play. I welcome this new initiative which will make our local green spaces better for everyone.”
To report any instances of dog fouling and littering problems or other issues such as fly tipping call the Council on (0113) 222 4406.