Local Councillors have launched a clampdown on litter louts and irresponsible dog owners, who have been picking up after their dogs but then throwing the bag in the woodlands, instead of putting it in the dog waste bins in Spout House Community Woodlands in Huncoat.

Huncoat Ward Councillors, Cllr Dave Parkins and Cllr Eamonn Higgins have liaised with the Borough Dog Warden to tackle the problem in this popular local beauty spot.

Cllr Parkins said;

“We’ve had reports that a few irresponsible dog owners aren’t picking up after their dog or picking up and then discarding the bag on the ground or in the trees. Lots of people walk here and it’s the few thoughtless people spoiling the area for the rest.”

Two extra dog waste bins have been installed in the middle entrance to the woodlands. The Council’s Dog Warden and Litter Enforcement Officers will carry out on the spot patrols and CCTV may also be installed to deter people from failing to pick up after their dog or fly tipping in the area.

Cllr Higgins added;

“The message is clear, if you don’t clean up after your dog, or drop litter in the area, you are responsible for your own actions and you could be landed with a big fine.”