New moves to tackle scourge of dog mess

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Thousands of pounds looks set to be earmarked to help tackle dog mess on the streets of Ilkeston and Erewash.

The revised ‘service standard for the removal of dog faeces’, costing £25,000, was given the go-ahead at a meeting of Erewash Borough Council.

A report states that the council receives around 500 reports of dog fouling every year, and the matter is often highlighted as a priority for the public at community forums, in council consultation and in the press.

It states: “Members of the public frequently raise concerns over this issue with their local councillors. As a result officers have investigated measures that could be taken by the council to alleviate public concerns and it is proposed to introduce a new standard which will provide an improved level of service.”

The improved system would see calls to the council about dog mess dealt with by a council worker who would action a clean-up the same day or the following day, depending on the time of call.

Callouts at weekends and Bank Holidays would mean additional costs.

The system needs to be finalised and will not go ‘live’ until after August 15.

The current service for removal of dog faces is 48 hours Monday to Friday and when practicable at weekends.