‘Pick up after pets mess’ plea

Some councils in the county are spraying dog mess pink to 'highlight' the problem.
Some councils in the county are spraying dog mess pink to 'highlight' the problem.

Skegness Town Council is urging residents to pick up after their pets after complaints about the amount of faeces left around town.

The problem of dog fouling was a hot topic at the council’s last meeting, with a motion put forward by Coun David Cargill to condemn those responsible in the council newsletter and encourage people to look after their town.

He also called on the council to write to East Lindsey District Council asking them to highlight the problem.

Coun Trevor Burnham said he was appalled at Christmas when his grand-daughter picked up some dog mess and brought it to him saying she had ‘found a sausage’.

Coun Steve Kirk suggested an amendment in the motion, calling for a dog warden to be funded from fines issued to people caught leaving dog mess in the town.

Coun Mark Anderson commented: “In 28 years of being a councillor there has not been a time when this hasn’t been a problem. We need to educate people.”

The latest issue of the council newsletter warns residents they could face a £75 fixed penalty fine for leaving mess, including bagged up waste left hanging from a bush or tree.