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Dog fouling and litter is blighting our area

Clean-up call: City councillor Robert Betton, who represents Botcherby in Carlisle, pictured with rubbish which has built up under the Eastern Way bridge over Durranhill Road

Clean-up call: City councillor Robert Betton, who represents Botcherby in Carlisle, pictured with rubbish which has built up under the Eastern Way bridge over Durranhill Road

An outraged councillor has called for more responsibility from pet owners and residents after discovering streets and paths littered with dog muck and rubbish. Robert Betton also claimed more resources should be pumped into dealing with rubbish by Carlisle City Council after counting more than 80 dog faeces in his Botcherby ward over a number of weeks.

“It’s disgusting,” he told The Cumberland News. “We’ve got irresponsible dog owners who are just not picking up after their pets. Dog mess and rubbish is not attended to immediately but left to decay. I have recently reported over 80 dog faeces and also fly-tipping in cuts in all my areas. “When you bring it to the council’s attention they do move it, but you shouldn’t have to do it. It shouldn’t be my responsibility to inspect all these areas.”

Problem areas, he said, include Durranhill Road and Borland Avenue cuts through Oakleigh Way and a path from Durranhill to Eastern Way. Mr Betton, an independent member on the city council, said the authority’s Love Where You Live campaign, which aims to reduce problems with litter and dog mess, was “not working. This council is seriously low on resources for this. We need more,” he said. “What is required is sufficient resources.”

Colin Glover, leader of Carlisle City Council, has called for people to pass on information about problems such as dog fouling and fly tipping. The authority says that since the 2012 launch of Love Where You Live, events have been held to encourage dog owners to clear up after their pets.

It adds that since April last year 41 fines have been issued for dog fouling, 41 penalties handed out for littering and eight fines issued for fly-posting.

By Julian Whittle

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