Sunday, 10 February 2013

Recently released 2012 dog dirt report figures illustrate how low Northumberland's Services have sunk since 2008.

Recently released 2012 dog dirt report figures illustrate how low Northumberland's Services have sunk since 2008.
During 2012, Northumberland has drifted into the runner up spot in the Northern dog pooh league.
Councils aren't proud if they slip down this league but critics welcome the report and league as it keeps a major public health issue in full public view.

With Councils taking over the responsibility for all public health matters this league and the reason for it should place pressure on Councils to ensure they improve at least their prosecution rate year on year. This should then act as a deterrent, forcing people to pick up their dogs mess.

Contact with dog dirt can pass on toxocariasis which causes serious eye problems including blindness.
Many of Northumberland's open park football players have to scoop up the dog dirt and disinfect the area before they can play their sport.

Northumberland Labour Group Leader, Grant Davey said: "Dog fouling reports are certainly on the increase and Councillors have had complaints at the South East area committee from residents living near Cowpen Cemetery and mourners about the number of dogs off the lead and the fouling that is left in the cemetery.  Since the Lib Dem administration took over in 2008 they have tried to cheapen every service including Public Health and Protection. Local footballers are often exposed and children playing on grassed areas can also pick up toxocariasis when they should be out enjoying themselves. The Libs will blame their own Governments cuts for their failures but this is about thinking outside the box and reacting in a better manner to reports. The people who expose us, our sportsmen and women and our children to dog fouling must be caught and punished not lost in the melee of performance figures for a poorly performing Council."

Labour Candidate for Hexham Central Ward Jane Wrigley said, "Its a major issue and the amount of fouling on grassed areas in both Hexham and Acomb is very high indeed, I'm pleased Labour in Northumberland has placed this issue towards the top of its agenda for improvement."

Tony Reed, Labours Candidate for Prudhoe said: " In Prudhoe I have spoken with people who want to see their Dog Warden actively doing his duty and enforcing his patch. People have said they don't get a response or even a return telephone call when reporting dog fouling incidents and this regional report shows how poorly Northumberland performs in this area."


Council
2012 Complaints
People Fined
Population
Sunderland
1,861
26
275,300
Northumberland
1,204
14
316,000
Newcastle
1,083
62
277,800
Blackpool
809
25
140,200
Carlisle
711
32
104,700
Hartlepool
505
179
91,700
Middlesborough
459
2
142,700
Redcar
420
82
140,000
South Tyneside
412
4
148,100
Allerdale
411
55
94,300
Lancaster
374
14
141,100
Copeland
236
44
69,700
South Lakeland
200
0
103,800
Eden
151
0
51,800

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