Council praises public for successful campaign

A recent clampdown on dog fouling in an area of Bishop Auckland was all the more successful thanks to support from the public.

Responsible dog owner

Durham County Council’s neighbourhood wardens responded to concerns about dog mess in Cockton Hill by targeting the area, including the football playing fields, for additional patrols.

Courtesy of support from local people, the wardens’ job was made easier because detailed information helped them target particular areas at specific times. While most people did clean up after their dogs, some did not.

Richard Brown, neighbourhood warden co-ordinator (south Durham) said:” In the light of a number of complaints regarding dog mess in the area, particularly on the football fields, we targeted the area for a week, issuing two fixed penalty notices to people who failed to clean up after their dogs.

“As part of this clampdown we knocked on resident’s doors gathering information from local people concerning irresponsible dog walkers in the area. The help we received was invaluable and undoubtedly helped us tackle this unpleasant issue more successfully.

“I would like to thank everyone who supported us during this initiative and urge residents right across the county to continue to help us with this and the many other enviro-crimes which can blight our communities.”

Durham County Council is committed to making the county ‘altogether greener’ and reducing dog mess is an important part of the ongoing campaigns. If you have a problem with dog fouling in your area, or you know people who don’t pick up after their dog, then please call the council’s neighbourhood wardens on 0300 123 7070.

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