Councillor Davie Paterson stepped up the fight against dog fouling this week inviting a range of officials to meet him in the town hall.
The meeting took place on Monday morning and afterwards, Mr Paterson, who has come under huge pressure over the problem, said: “Following many complaints from people in the ward and the wider public regarding dog fouling, I organised a meeting with housing providers, council officials from environmental health, the antisocial behaviour unit and the police to see if we could come up with answers or get assurances that something is being done.
“I was heartened to hear that the police will be actively pursuing people who fail to clean up after their dog and will be issuing fixed penalty notices, while the RSLs said that they had powers at hand to deal with it and they would be looking to see what else they could do and would be looking at urging tenants to get their dogs microchipped.”
Councillor Paterson said that he was delighted with this multi-agency approach but stressed that the help of the public and the police is vital to eradicate this antisocial problem.
Mr Paterson came under fire in local newspaper articles earlier this month and is quick to point out that he has been pulling out all the stops in a bid to beat the law breakers.
“I am just not prepared to sit back and watch a minority spoil it for the majority of law-abiding dog owners. I was astonished to hear that the police don’t get an awful lot of complaints about dog fouling but they have assured me that it is taken seriously. If anyone has concerns or they know of someone who doesn’t clean up after their dogs, they shouldn’t hesitate to contact the Police on 101, Scottish Borders Council or their local councillor.”
In a statement issued to the Hawick News, Inspector Carol Wood said: “Dog fouling was identified through public consultation as one of the priorities in the local community plan and police are working closely with the local authority and community councils to target this issue.
“Community officers are monitoring the situation when on patrol and if there is any intelligence regarding particular areas these will be addressed and offenders can expect to be issued with a fixed penalty ticket.”