Mum cries foul over dog poo problem

Alyson Clifton with her message to dog owners

Alyson Clifton with her message to dog owners

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A MUM is literally highlighting issues with dog fouling on a Bicester estate.

Alyson Clifton is fed up with having to dodge dog mess on footpaths between Bure Park School and her home in Germander Way so she has started using bright-coloured chalk to circle it to warn others.

She has also left messages urging dog owners to: ‘Clean up your dog poo’.

Mother-of-three Ms Clifton said that as she walked her children – Gerogee, 12, and twins Lillee, and Jaymee, both nine – to school on a recent morning, they had to side-step 17 pieces of poo that had been left on the footpath.

She said: “It’s just disgusting. When I take the kids to school you have got to walk along and look at the ground to make sure you are not going to step in it.

“It’s not fair on the kids because they like to ride their scooters.

“The other morning I counted 17 lots of poo. If you have got a dog, you should pick up the poo. You can get the bags free.”

Bins for dog waste are also dotted around the estate.

Bicester councillor Les Sibley said the problem was widespread and called on dog wardens to make extra patrols.

He said: “Dog poo has become a big problem, yet we have more bins than we’ve ever had before. On some occasions dog walkers have picked it up and put it in a bag and then flung it into the hedges next to homes.

“It’s pretty soul-destroying for residents who make their property nice and tidy for that to happen.

“The vast majority of dog walkers do clean up after their pets, but there are a small few who don’t. There are ample bins, so there’s no excuse.”

So far this financial year, 2013/14, Cherwell District Council has only issued two £50 fixed penalty notices for dog fouling. Since 2009, 22 fines have been issued and in the same period two people have been taken to court.

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Each year it costs the council £4,500 to supply dog bags for free.

Council spokesman Tony Eccelstone said: “Allowing a dog to foul a public area is an offence.

“Owners must pick up any mess made by their dogs, and councils provide bins in public areas for dog owners to use. It is clearly the owners’ negligence that causes this problem.

“Cherwell District Council monitors dog fouling, issues fixed penalty notices and initiates court proceedings against offenders where there is sufficient evidence.”

  • People can report dog fouling on the council’s website, cherwell.gov.uk

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1:02pm Fri 14 Feb 14

WitneyGreen says...

I always wonder whether dog owners that fail to pick up mess also fail in other ways. If they can't be bothered to clean up after their pet, can they be botrhered to care for it properly?
I always wonder whether dog owners that fail to pick up mess also fail in other ways. If they can't be bothered to clean up after their pet, can they be botrhered to care for it properly? WitneyGreen
  • Score: 18

1:25pm Fri 14 Feb 14

mytaxes says...

As a dog owner I can't understand the need to supply free bags, they are cheap to buy and if you can afford to keep a dog you can afford to buy the bags.
As a dog owner I can't understand the need to supply free bags, they are cheap to buy and if you can afford to keep a dog you can afford to buy the bags. mytaxes
  • Score: 39

2:04pm Fri 14 Feb 14

angelox99 says...

What a load of crap!!
What a load of crap!! angelox99
  • Score: -6

3:51pm Fri 14 Feb 14

King Joke says...

Actual dog-poo bags are quite expensive, but nappy bags from leading national pharmacy chains beginning with B are dirt cheap and do the same job :-)
Actual dog-poo bags are quite expensive, but nappy bags from leading national pharmacy chains beginning with B are dirt cheap and do the same job :-) King Joke
  • Score: 23

4:14pm Fri 14 Feb 14

WitneyGreen says...

mytaxes wrote:
As a dog owner I can't understand the need to supply free bags, they are cheap to buy and if you can afford to keep a dog you can afford to buy the bags.
Exactly! If they're scrimping on poo bags, are they scrimping on food and vets bills as well?
[quote][p][bold]mytaxes[/bold] wrote: As a dog owner I can't understand the need to supply free bags, they are cheap to buy and if you can afford to keep a dog you can afford to buy the bags.[/p][/quote]Exactly! If they're scrimping on poo bags, are they scrimping on food and vets bills as well? WitneyGreen
  • Score: 18

4:18pm Fri 14 Feb 14

King Joke says...

In a small number of cases this could be due to elderly dog-owners who cannot bend down to clear up the Richard IIIs.

Most of the time however I suspect it's down to idiots who buy dogs as status symbols for themselves, with the dog's welfare and quality of life sadly coming a long way down the agenda.
In a small number of cases this could be due to elderly dog-owners who cannot bend down to clear up the Richard IIIs. Most of the time however I suspect it's down to idiots who buy dogs as status symbols for themselves, with the dog's welfare and quality of life sadly coming a long way down the agenda. King Joke
  • Score: 15

4:04pm Sat 15 Feb 14

cuckoo says...

Supermarket bags are mostly free, They are likely to end up in landfill anyway, so if they've got some dog waste in them..........they have -at least- been re used!
Supermarket bags are mostly free, They are likely to end up in landfill anyway, so if they've got some dog waste in them..........they have -at least- been re used! cuckoo
  • Score: 5

11:42pm Sat 15 Feb 14

lil_miss_ME says...

The value range nappy bags in the supermarkets are rubbish if you have a bigger dog (like I do) but the own brand ones are much bigger, and cheaper than the actual dog poo bags.....especially if I stock up when on offer!
I don't understand people who don't clear up after their dog when it s**ts in the middle of a footpath, if u don't want to deal with it, don't have a dog! Simple! Although I think the council should do more undercover patrols in the worst offending areas. 22 fines in 5 years? I alone have probably seen 22 people commit the offence in that time! So many people do it! I know it would cost money to do, but may make people think twice about walking away without clearing up!
The value range nappy bags in the supermarkets are rubbish if you have a bigger dog (like I do) but the own brand ones are much bigger, and cheaper than the actual dog poo bags.....especially if I stock up when on offer! I don't understand people who don't clear up after their dog when it s**ts in the middle of a footpath, if u don't want to deal with it, don't have a dog! Simple! Although I think the council should do more undercover patrols in the worst offending areas. 22 fines in 5 years? I alone have probably seen 22 people commit the offence in that time! So many people do it! I know it would cost money to do, but may make people think twice about walking away without clearing up! lil_miss_ME
  • Score: 5

12:34pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Bicester1962 says...

cuckoo wrote:
Supermarket bags are mostly free, They are likely to end up in landfill anyway, so if they've got some dog waste in them..........they have -at least- been re used!
Actually the Pound shop do some fantastic Poo bags, they come on a roll just like bin liners. They are large enough for big dogs, strong and come with tie handles. We have 2 dogs and never go out without a supply of bags in our pockets.
Yes you can get free ones from the Council but to be honest they are not that good.
[quote][p][bold]cuckoo[/bold] wrote: Supermarket bags are mostly free, They are likely to end up in landfill anyway, so if they've got some dog waste in them..........they have -at least- been re used![/p][/quote]Actually the Pound shop do some fantastic Poo bags, they come on a roll just like bin liners. They are large enough for big dogs, strong and come with tie handles. We have 2 dogs and never go out without a supply of bags in our pockets. Yes you can get free ones from the Council but to be honest they are not that good. Bicester1962
  • Score: 3

1:35pm Tue 18 Feb 14

King Joke says...

Is that Poundland? Thanks for the tip.
Is that Poundland? Thanks for the tip. King Joke
  • Score: 3

1:39pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Bicester1962 says...

King Joke wrote:
Is that Poundland? Thanks for the tip.
Yes, the one in Bicester has them
[quote][p][bold]King Joke[/bold] wrote: Is that Poundland? Thanks for the tip.[/p][/quote]Yes, the one in Bicester has them Bicester1962
  • Score: 2

2:02pm Tue 18 Feb 14

King Joke says...

Cool, I'll have a look in the Westgate.
Cool, I'll have a look in the Westgate. King Joke
  • Score: 2

5:29pm Tue 18 Feb 14

melyn am byth says...

Can any of you dog owners enlighten me as to why some of you go to the bother of picking up your beloved creatures faeces and then fling the bag into the hedge? I don't know which is more disgusting.
Imagine what their homes must be like if this is how they behave in public.
Can any of you dog owners enlighten me as to why some of you go to the bother of picking up your beloved creatures faeces and then fling the bag into the hedge? I don't know which is more disgusting. Imagine what their homes must be like if this is how they behave in public. melyn am byth
  • Score: 3

10:09am Thu 6 Mar 14

BicesterMan79 says...

This is the same lady that stands next to the school gates in a cloud of fag smoke that I have to walk my kids through. She then chucks her cigarette ends on the floor! What a hypocrite! I'll start drawing circles around her litter.
This is the same lady that stands next to the school gates in a cloud of fag smoke that I have to walk my kids through. She then chucks her cigarette ends on the floor! What a hypocrite! I'll start drawing circles around her litter. BicesterMan79
  • Score: 1

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