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Caol and Mallaig ward councillor Allan Henderson is urging local dog owners to pick up after their pets following a flurry of complaints during the coronavirus lockdown.
Mr Henderson said since many of the most recent complaints he has received on the subject arrived in his inbox during lockdown, much of the problem therefore lies at the feet of local dog owners as opposed to animals belong to tourists and visitors.
Mr Henderson told the Lochaber Times this week: ‘A recent letter asking me if there are enough strategically placed waste bins in Caol, following various emails complaining about dog owners disrespecting the area they live in, prompted me to send the question to our council waste team.
‘The simple answer is, I do not know but I do know that every dog owner has one green bin for waste at home and really needs to take responsibility when out exercising their dog.
‘The letter calls for penalty action but it is not all necessarily about the big stick and fine which is allowed in law, but more a bit of thought about who are you leaving the dog poo and waste for.
‘We are really fortunate that many people take a pride in their community by going out daily as volunteers lifting litter, but rightly refuse to lift other people’s dog poo.
‘If you are out in the wild with your dog then ‘stick and flick’ is fine, but in amenity areas around Caol it is expected that the grass, especially around play areas, should be cut and dog poo free.
‘Try strimming dog poo in your own garden and you will soon evidence the stink as it hits your clothes. And I shouldn’t need to tell you about the mess when you step on it accidently.
‘What about young children and toddlers who naturally fall – they might be yours or your grandchildren. Think and treat other people as you would expect to be treated.
‘Why am I aiming at Caol residents? Simple, all this correspondence is through the Covid period when visitors are not yet around, so there is no alibi.
‘The message should be clear by now – Bag it and Bin it! Take a pride in your community by taking your little black bag home, or pop it in any available waste bin. It may not be the nicest action, but you will certainly feel virtuous.’
Mr Henderson added that he intends finding out if there are enough strategically placed bins in the correct places, as bin lorries can only collect where they can get access.