Lockdown pet rise blamed for anti-social problem on our streets

The prevalence of dog fouling is to be discussed at an upcoming meeting of North Lanarkshire Council.

A bin for dog mess

And the boom in lockdown pet ownership is being held at least partly to blame.

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The agenda item, raised by Airdrie councillor Trevor Douglas and Wishaw representative Councillor Bob Burgess, reads: “This council notes the greater impact of dog fouling across all our communities, due to an increase in dog ownership because of the COVID pandemic.

"Some irresponsible owners have failed to act by not picking up their dogs’ mess or once picked up, not disposing properly of the bag in appropriate waste bins.“We call on the council to bring a paper to the appropriate committee as soon as possible looking at solutions including increased signage and spray paint transfers to pavements to highlight the ongoing issue.”The discussion will take place at a meeting of the full council being held on Thursday, which will be broadcast on the council’s YouTube channel -as meetings are still being held digitally.

Meanwhile, a number of other wide-reaching key issues will be discussed alongside this one.Other matters on the agenda include the apppointment of a new religious representative on the education committee, the council’s treasury management strategy, winter strategy, appointing a commissioner on autism, vaccine rollout across the area and a proposed change to voting on suspension of standing orders.