New crackdown on Formartine dog mess

Pupils from Newburgh Mathers School with the new signs.
Pupils from Newburgh Mathers School with the new signs.

A new move is under way to tackle dog fouling in Formartine.

Portable signs will be be moved around the area to places where dog fouling is a problem.

It follows complaints from residents and community councils. The scheme was launched by pupils at Newburgh Mathers School on Friday.

Formartine Community Planning Group have responded to the outcry over dog fouling by bringing a number of initiatives.

Last year 30,000 free dog bags were issued to community councils to distribute in a bid to encourage people to pick up after their pets.

The planning group have now stepped up their offensive in partnership with 12 community councils by developing portable signs.

With the support of the councils, the signs will be moved around the area to places where dog fouling is an issue.

The signs highlight that not picking up after your dog has fouled is an offence, feature the phone number for the local dog warden to report incidences of

dog fouling, and offer main tips to dog owners.

Mark Mitchell, Formartine community planning officer, said: “Each community council now has their allocation of signs and there have been some requests for additional signs as they are proving popular.

“It is hoped that a combination of all these initiatives will help see dog fouling decrease.

“It is important that people clean up after their pet because we all know how frustrating it can be when we step in dog mess.”

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s infrastructure services committee, Councillor Peter Argyle, added: “It is always good to hear about initiatives

aimed at tackling the perennial problem of dog mess in communities, as it really can have a big effect on the image of a town or village.

“Dog walkers need to take responsibility for their pets and anything that highlights that fact is very welcome.”

Aberdeen Football Club has also given its backing to the roll out of the signs as often those affected by the issue of dog fouling are children and young

people playing on open grass areas.

Steven Sweeney, the club’s senior community coach, said: “AFC urges all members of the public to take notice of the new signs.

“Providing children with safe places to play football is so important, as it contributes to their health and wellbeing, and promotes lifelong physical

activity.

“The AFC stars of the future need to start playing football somewhere - please respect the signs so kids can play freely, safely and enjoy themselves.”

Another initiative supported by the Formartine Community Planning Group is the Clean Dog Walking Scheme which is promoted locally by communities.

Dog walkers are encouraged to sign up to the scheme which states that they will pick up after their pet and carry additional dog waste bags which can be

offered to other owners.

Anyone interested in setting up the scheme, can contact community planning officer Mark Mitchell on (01358) 726406.