Dog fouling patrols to be stepped-up

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Dumfries and Galloway Council is to step-up doug fouling and littering patrols following the results of a community survey.

The authority’s community and customer services (CCS) committee this week presented a report detailing the findings of the Community Safety Survey, which ran over 10 weeks late last year, closing on Christmas Eve. A total of 635 responses were received over the 10 week period.

The report states that over 98% of residents feel safe in their community during the day, and 87% feel safe in the evening. However, the survey’s results also details that dog fouling and littering are the main causes for concern from those who responded so patrols will be stepped up.

The report also says that over half of those who responded said that have never seen their local community safety team patrolling.

A council spokesman said this week: “In order to improve the visibility of the teams, all workers are now wearing high-visibility clothing, and vehicles used by the teams are in the process of being branded to increase awareness and to help put the teams into the public’s eye.

“The survey does also show however that of those who have had dealings with their community safety team, nearly two thirds were very satisfied with the behaviour of the team and more than half were very satisfied with the overall information they received.”