Dog walkers’ delight at campaign success

Alison Campbell and friends, including Roslin and Bilston Community Council, with one of the village's new dog bins
Alison Campbell and friends, including Roslin and Bilston Community Council, with one of the village's new dog bins

A band of Roslin dog walkers have successfully lobbied Midlothian Council for more dog bins along a popular village pathway.

Alison Campbell, a local dog trainer, and other dog owners were concerned about the nuisance caused by dog fouling.

They were particularly worried about the mess on the old railway line running around the outskirts of the village.

Alison said: “A few dog owners decided to do something about the mess.

“Through the community council we persuaded the council to put bins along each end of the walk at the old railway line.

“People weren’t using the path. It was used as a dog lavatory.”

Alison, who walks her German Shepherd dog around the village, explained she and friends walked the length of the path and picked up every bit of dog faeces they could find.

“We then put some notices up and also kept some containers along the walk so people would be able to put their bags in them as they walked.”

Alison said the venture had been “a success” with only one incident to blight the local walkers’ efforts.

“It really angered us having put up the notices that someone has deliberately torn them up,” she said.

Alison, the local lollipop lady, explained she was prompted to take action and have the pathway cleaned up during the recent Walk to School Week as a lot of the local school children were using the route.

The bins are being well used since being installed and the pathway’s popularity has increased in recent weeks.

Midlothian council clears the two official bins and Alison and her friends clear the containers along the path every other day.

“I feel the council can’t do everything. I see dog owners have to be more pro-active and by doing something like this would help,” she said.