‘It’s not acceptable in our town’ - Mayor wages war on town’s dog poo plague

A sign asking dog owners to clean up after their pets. Picture: Chris Bishop

A sign asking dog owners to clean up after their pets. Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

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.'

Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw. Picture: Nick Butcher

Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

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.

Beccles Common. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Beccles Common. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

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.'

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