Dumfries and Galloway Council’s community safety team was out in force last week in Kirkcudbright to highlight a number of complaints about environmental issues received in the town recently.
As part of its duties, the team deals with dog fouling and littering – issues that blight all communities in the area. Dog fouling is by far the biggest complaint received by the team, so armed with a display stand on the corner of St Mary and St Cuthbert Streets, they handed out free dog bags to dog owners and leaflets.
The leaflets pointed out the punishment for failure to pick up after your dog – a fixed penalty notice of £40, rising to £60 if not paid within 28 days. Conviction for non-payment of the penalty could result in a fine up to £500.
Another community issue high on the agenda is littering. The Scottish Government has recently increased the fixed penalty notice from £50 to £80.
By far the majority of littering offences dealt with by the team by way of a fixed penalty notice are issued to smokers who do not dispose of their cigarette ends appropriately, so the team handed out free stubbies (fireproof ashtrays) to smokers to encourage the correct disposal of their cigarettes butts.
Senior community safety officer Diane McColm said; “My team will continue to broadcast the message that dog fouling and littering will not be tolerated in the Stewartry. The team will continue this through numerous educational initiatives and the rigorous enforcement of the environmental legislation that the communities demand.”