Eyes are on irresponsible dog owners

Councillor Jim Lynch wants Argyll and Bute Council to up the ante against irresponsible dog owners 

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Oban councillor Jim Lynch has backed a new Argyll and Bute wide poster campaign to up the ante against irresponsible dog owners.

Councillor Lynch was at the June meeting of the council’s environment, development and infrastructure (EDI) committee where members were shown a number of poster designs including one with a pair of staring eyes, which is used by Keep Britain Tidy to stop foul dog mess.

Councillor Lynch agreed with members the council was just ‘going round the houses’ tackling the problem at the moment and more needed to be done – including the poster campaign.

‘Some of the posters with eyes scare me but we are going round in circles here. I think we need to take more of a positive aggressive action on this, and I think it is a good idea to up the ante,’ he said.

Now various groups across the area, including community councils, are to be contacted to help the Argyll and Bute authority address the problem.

South Kintyre Councillor Donald Kelly told the committee: ‘The only way around it is naming and shaming to ensure that the police, maybe for a period of time, allocate some police hours to coach people through the correct process.’

Chairman of the EDI committee, Kintyre and the Islands Councillor Robin Currie said: ‘It is disgusting – we do not accept humans urinating in public places; why should we put up with dog fouling?’

He then read out this motion which was unanimously agreed: ‘Every community in every council area in Scotland is affected by the scourge of dog fouling and the challenges of tackling this particular anti-social behaviour.

‘Here in Argyll and Bute, we want to do what we can for the people who live in and visit our communities.

‘Everyone who cares about their local community has a part to play in tackling dog fouling.’

A report put before the committee outlined some of the actions that the council can and does take to play its part.

‘We want to build on this and work in partnership with our communities who share our views about the impact of this,’ said Councillor Currie.

Caption: Councillor Jim Lynch wants Argyll and Bute Council to up the ante against irresponsible dog owners