Letter of the week: Here's how to clean up Hartlepool's dog dirt problem

Referring to your article regarding free dog waste bags (Mail, March 24), though I don't live in Hartlepool anymore, where I do live, it's the same story.

Thursday, 29th March 2018, 4:09 pm
Updated Thursday, 29th March 2018, 4:11 pm
One of the new dog machines.

I bet like Hartlepool it’s the same everywhere.

For the first two years of my action group, we had fouling outside a primary school.

The anti-social behaviour department at the local council kept saying “if you can record the number plates, we’ll act”.

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We replied, dogs don’t have number plates.

Two years later, dog mess remained.

I got the environment officer and a load of other people, councillor, etc, on side.

We agreed to draw up a list of local dog owners by hand, so the council could then write to them.

For the next two years, the footpath has been clean.

Two months ago, I saw extensive fouling. I contacted the list of people, mentioned above, and offered to help the council draw up a modern list of owners.

It’s been clean ever since.

Patrick Mackeown,

Disraeli Neighbourhood Action, High Wycombe.