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Saturday, 02 August 2014

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Tackling dog fouling is top of agenda for Ulverston campaigners

TACKLING dog mess and anti-social behaviour are top of the agenda for a resurgent community group.

Croftlands Together, which last cooperated to replace a children’s play castle which burned down in July 2012, has reformed to resolve some of the challenges facing the Ulverston estate.

Residents were shocked when the popular playground equipment was damaged beyond repair two years ago.

Various groups, working under the umbrella of Croftlands Together, raised £6,000 towards a replacement, which was match-funded by South Lakeland District Council.

The hard work culminated in a spectacular opening ceremony in April last year.

Now the group is hoping to recapture that enthusiasm and use leftover funds for new initiatives to improve their area.

A study of local people asking them what could be done to make the estate better revealed dog fouling was the number one concern for the overwhelming majority of respondents.

Anti-social behaviour, graffiti and inconsiderate parking also featured high on the list.

Despite these complaints, the results also show that the majority of Croftlands residents feel positively about the estate.

Of the almost 200 people who completed the survey, more than 95 per cent said the neighbourhood was a good place to live while a similar proportion said they felt safe in the area.

Naomi Bartlett, chairwoman of Croftlands Together, said: “The general outcome is that people are very happy and they feel this is a safe place to live.

“People have been keen to see more community events because they enjoyed the last ones so much.”

The group are planning a meeting in June with an exact date to be announced nearer the time.

Early plans include a project to reduce dog fouling by rewarding responsible dog owners and erecting a community noticeboard at Croftlands shops.

Other ideas include cross-generational community events, first aid classes and fundraising events to pay for lighting for multi-use games area.

Have your say

Whilst I applaud any initiative that would help to reduce the incidence of fouling I`m not sure rewarding people for remaining inside the law is workable or even desirable. After all, we don`t get rewarded for paying our television licence or our road tax, we do so as responsible citizens keen to be law abiding.Allowing an animal to foul a footpath is an offence and there are appropriate penalties for non compliance. What is needed is an effective deterrent in the shape of a uniformed enforcement official with the power to issue on the spot fines for the guilty. Too many dog owners are seemingly determined not to clean up after their dog has fouled an area, as witnessed by the number of them observed skulking down alleyways after dark, in reality why would anyone walk down these dark back streets and risk stepping in goodness knows what? These people know they are doing wrong, they just don`t care about their antisocial crime.

Posted by redneck rampage on 17 April 2014 at 20:43

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