‘It’s not acceptable in our town’ - Mayor wages war on town’s dog poo plague
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A mayor has taken aim at the foul play of inconsiderate dog owners who refuse to pick up their pet's poo.
A three-week survey of Beccles found 125 incidents of abandoned dog poo across the town.
But mayor Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw is not prepared to allow the town to transform into a dog mess minefield.
She said: 'It's one of the biggest issues that has been in my inbox ever since I first became a councillor.
'Obviously most people with dogs are responsible, it is a tiny number of people who do this but they have such a big impact.'
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To understand the scale of the poo plague facing the town Mrs Brambley-Crawshaw, as chairman of the Neighbourhood Plan, set up the survey.
She added: 'It came through the Neighbourhood Plan Group to provide a solution; to find the worst areas and go into those areas and see if there is anything we can improve.'
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In total 125 incidents were recorded and St George's Road was revealed to be the worst affected in the town – with 22 findings of pooch poop.
Surprisingly the road's score was twice as high as Beccles Common – a popular dog-walking destination.
Many people responding to the survey complained of a problematic 'route', passing through St George's Road and Pleasant Place, which had no bins.
Mrs Brambley-Crawshaw said: 'Ultimately responsibility lies with individual dog owners but sometimes a simple solution can make a big difference.
'There have been instances in the past where we have put a bin in a bad area and the issue is almost eradicated completely.'
However bins may not solve the problem in every case – Beccles Common has a number of bins but is still among the worst affected.
As a last resort, persistent offenders could face a fine by Waveney District Council.
The mayor explained it is important to tackle the problem for the 'town's self esteem' and as a show of respect for local resident.
She said: 'Generally Beccles is very beautiful but if we let things slip it will only get worse.
'I want to make it really clear it's not acceptable in our town.'