Wilton Hill Street Blues

Dog waste bin.
Dog waste bin.

Next week brings the start of British Summer Time with the clocks going forward one hour.

This “extra hour” enables people to get out and about more at the end of the working day whether to exercise or walk dogs.

This also increases the problem of dog fouling.

Dog excrement is not only unpleasant but dangerous to health.

From April 1, 2016, the fixed penalty for dog fouling will increase to £80 for owners/persons responsible for dogs fouling in a pubic place and not clearing up after their animal.

What can you do?

If you feel safe, politely but firmly encourage guilty owners you meet to clear up after their dog.

Offer them one of your bags if you happen to be carrying spares.

If you don’t feel that you can approach someone, report dog fouling at the police station or Scottish Borders Council – particularly if you know who is letting their dog foul regularly.

If you are a dog owner yourself, worm your dog regularly.

Use a public bin if you can’t find a dog foul bin.

Follow the golden rules – Grab it, Bag it, Bin it.

Another topic that has been raised several times in the past months is the zig-zag lines on the crossings on the High Street.

Some drivers believe that with the High Street being one way the zig-zag lines should not be on the side of the crossing after vehicles have passed this.

This is not the case.

A crossing comprises of a crossing area and a controlled zone (zig-zag lines).

The controlled zone is to enable drivers to have a clear view of persons crossing.

The driver’s view would be limited with vehicles parked on the control zone and could be the cause for accidents.

It is an offence to park on the control areas, which may result in the driver being issued with an endorsable conditional offer of £100 and three penalty points on their licence.

If you feel that you wish to report any of the above-mentioned issues contact Police Scotland on 101 or HawickDenholmCPT@Scotland.pnn.police.uk or HawickHermitageCPT@Scotland.pnn.police.uk

Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.