Councillor's rallying call for action over foul issue

Dangerous levels of dog fouling around the town could mean new dog control orders may be on the cards for Milford Haven pet owners.

Councillor Mathew Rickard said he was disgusted with the amount of dog fouling in and around Milford Haven.

At Monday's public works and planning committee he said: “I’m sure you have experienced, the same as I have, the amount of dog fouling that we have in the area.

“I took my sons to a rugby match at the Hakin rugby field recently, and there was dog faeces lying all over the pitch, while a dog walker with his dog off the lead was happily letting his dog do whatever it wanted. I was appalled by the conditions that these boys were playing in. It’s absolutely disgusting.“ Cllr Rickard said that introducing dog control orders may be the answer.

Requirements under the orders could include keeping dogs on leads, excluding dogs from areas such as children’s play parks, limiting the number of dogs on a specific piece of land at one time, or making sure owners clean up after their animals. This could be policed through fines or fixed penalty notices.

Cllr Rickard added: “It’s very dangerous if dog foul gets inside your body, and I strongly recommend that we get this actioned as soon as possible.”

But Cllr Cole said that the town council lacked the manpower to tackle the problem.

He said: “I do not think that we as a town council are in a position to take on this responsibility, and the financial and legal obligations that go with it.

“It’s something the county council doesn’t want, and we can’t afford.”

Councillors recommended to refer the issue for further discussion at the environment subcommittee.

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3:08pm Thu 21 Feb 13

officer801 says...

Pembrokeshire County Council operates a dog warden service during working hours (9-5?) from Monday to Friday. This service is already overstretched with very few members of staff who are unavailable to deal with "dangerous" dogs at the weekend. A pay freeze has been in effect for for the last 4 years and now compulsory pay "equalisation" across many grades within the public sector has meant significant pay cuts for many. I really can't see an army of wardens being unleashed on those dog owners who allow their pets to foul wherever they please and just walk away. As with all other services provided by your local council, policing this issue and achieving prosecutions would mean more resources. More resources means greater expense. This would mean a rise in council tax which never goes down well with members of the public even if they have just carried a load of dog mess into their living room on their shoes. See the problem?
Pembrokeshire County Council operates a dog warden service during working hours (9-5?) from Monday to Friday. This service is already overstretched with very few members of staff who are unavailable to deal with "dangerous" dogs at the weekend. A pay freeze has been in effect for for the last 4 years and now compulsory pay "equalisation" across many grades within the public sector has meant significant pay cuts for many. I really can't see an army of wardens being unleashed on those dog owners who allow their pets to foul wherever they please and just walk away. As with all other services provided by your local council, policing this issue and achieving prosecutions would mean more resources. More resources means greater expense. This would mean a rise in council tax which never goes down well with members of the public even if they have just carried a load of dog mess into their living room on their shoes. See the problem? officer801

5:50pm Tue 26 Feb 13

malaika white says...

As a resident of Milford Haven I myself have watched this problem escalate. I regularly see a worker at managerial level (of the sports and leisure facilities) at Milford Haven Sports Centre allowing his dog to foul outside neighboring properties within Greville Road, he has never made an effort to clean up his dogs mess and over the last year I have watched him allow his dog to foul the streets of Milford Haven on numerous occasions, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out whom I am referring to.

In order to see change maybe the local council would first like to start educating its current staff on the seriousness of different bacteria's that can actually cause blindness in children through their lack of hygiene when walking their dogs.

When children can see people within organisations act in such a way what kind of message does that send ?

I am currently debating catching this unhygienic gentleman on film and forwarding it to the Milford Mercury / County Council / Police and of course ole faithful Facebook. So if anyone is friends or an associate of the gentleman I am discussing here please inform him that his actions aren't acceptable and if he continues to behave in this manner I will have no other alternative than to humiliate him in public.
As a resident of Milford Haven I myself have watched this problem escalate. I regularly see a worker at managerial level (of the sports and leisure facilities) at Milford Haven Sports Centre allowing his dog to foul outside neighboring properties within Greville Road, he has never made an effort to clean up his dogs mess and over the last year I have watched him allow his dog to foul the streets of Milford Haven on numerous occasions, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out whom I am referring to. In order to see change maybe the local council would first like to start educating its current staff on the seriousness of different bacteria's that can actually cause blindness in children through their lack of hygiene when walking their dogs. When children can see people within organisations act in such a way what kind of message does that send ? I am currently debating catching this unhygienic gentleman on film and forwarding it to the Milford Mercury / County Council / Police and of course ole faithful Facebook. So if anyone is friends or an associate of the gentleman I am discussing here please inform him that his actions aren't acceptable and if he continues to behave in this manner I will have no other alternative than to humiliate him in public. malaika white

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