Scottish Borders Council could be about to get tough in a bid to win the dog fouling battle, writes Colin Purvis.
At November’s Common Good meeting, council solicitor Ron Kirk said that a top SBC solicitor had been in talks with the procurator fiscal who confirmed that he would prosecute alleged offenders if the council took them to court.
Councillor Davie Paterson responded by saying: “I do not think that was meant to be made public.”
This is the clearest indication yet that SBC is set to take a harder line.
The council’s new dog fouling strategy has faced several delays in the past few months and this week Councillor Paterson, who is SBC’s environmental services portfolio holder, said: “It will be revealed in the next few months. This has to be done properly, but if our plans do come off, this will be a first for Scotland and it will go a long way to dealing with the problem.”
Asked if the new policy will contain enforcement measures, Mr Paterson said: “Yes, without a doubt. I am confident the fines will be increased to £80 and that people will be taken to court for non-payment.”
A council spokesperson said: “The council’s approach to enforcement will be included in the dog fouling strategy and discussions are continuing with councillors on this matter.
“As part of developing the strategy, officers have met with the procurator fiscal to discuss options available.”