Campaign to keep the green clean

Dogs Daisy, Shirley and Jack, with Una Beamont, left, Mandy Whitham, Danielle Howarth, Joanne Watson, Colin Charles, Shirley Carey and Martin Whelan, members of the Trafalgar Square Residents Association, publicising  Dog Fouling Awareness Week, in the revamped North side square.   Picture by Andrew Higgins   122103a
Dogs Daisy, Shirley and Jack, with Una Beamont, left, Mandy Whitham, Danielle Howarth, Joanne Watson, Colin Charles, Shirley Carey and Martin Whelan, members of the Trafalgar Square Residents Association, publicising Dog Fouling Awareness Week, in the revamped North side square. Picture by Andrew Higgins 122103a

Residents in Scarborough’s Trafalgar Square have launched a crusade against dog fouling.

The awareness campaign was launched on the run-up to the Diamond Jubliee as the Friends of Trafalgar Square are holding a party in the square on Monday from noon.

Chairman Colin Charles said: “We’ve been trying to clamp down on dog fouling and raise awareness about the issue.

“We want to make sure the green is clean so everyone can enjoy it.”

He explained that dog fouling used to be a big problem in the square, but that it had improved since a campaign in 2007.

Mr Charles said: “The dog warden service was not part of the council at that point and people were not getting prosecuted.

“Things have improved since the service became ‘in house’. One of the first people prosecuted was one of the repeat offenders on the green.”

Steve Pogson, Scarborough Council’s health and community safety manager, said: “The whole team continues to vigorously enforce all dog related legislation to ensure the borough is a clean and safe place for residents and visitors.”

To report dog fouling call (01723) 232323 or email dog.warden@scarborough.gov.uk