Council clamps down on litter and dog mess

West Lindsey clean up action day
West Lindsey clean up action day

A pilot scheme to clean up communities has been launched in West Lindsey with a walk about of Caistor and Keelby.

West Lindsey District Council and Lincolnshire Police took part in the walk to raise awareness of issues like littering and dog fouling.

WLDC councillor for Caistor Alan Caine is leading the project - and hopes it will be the first of many across the district.

Coun Caine - who is the councillor responsible for community safety - said: “We work hard to improve our district and listening to residents is a vital part of this.

“We know dog fouling and littering especially are problems district-wide and we hope to address these issues by raising awareness.”

Coun Caine, Caistor PCSO Scott Taylor and WLDC localism officers visited various areas 
to discourage littering, dog fouling and other anti-social behaviour.

They distributed posters and leaflets, gave advice to residents and gave free dog fouling bags to residents.

Rothwell resident Anna McKie walks her dogs in Caistor and was pleased to see action being taken.

She said: “More people should carry poo bags around. I’ve got kids and you don’t want them falling over in mess. I’ve seen elderly ladies slip and fall over - it’s not nice for anyone.

“You see people standing a few feet away from a bin and yet they still don’t clean up their dog’s mess.”

Ms McKie added: “It’s not very pleasant for residents or visitors and could put people off coming to Caistor.”

People caught littering or who do not clean up after their dog face on-the-spot fines of up to £80.

Coun Caine said: “I’m hoping we’ll get squads out on a regular basis targeting problem areas. We want to go to the places where we can educate people. As a council it costs a fortune to pick up this mess.

“We take anti-social behaviour very seriously and we would urge members of the public to report incidents, including dog fouling and littering, and we will issue fixed penalty notices where possible.”

Residents can report anti-social behaviour to WLDC by calling 01427 676676.

Free dog poo bags are available at Caistor Multi-Use Centre and Festival Hall in Market Rasen.