Foul behaviour in Bilston

Sandy Gordon of Garden Antiques in Bilston has had enough of thoughtless dog owners failing to bag and bin their dog poo.
Sandy Gordon of Garden Antiques in Bilston has had enough of thoughtless dog owners failing to bag and bin their dog poo.

A Bilston businessman is at the end of his tether with the indiscriminate dog fouling messing up pavements around the village.

Sandy Gordon, who owns Garden Antiques in Carnethy View, says he clears the pavement along the A701 on a daily basis.

“Everyone in the village is complaining. I’m getting the same story off everybody.

“But some people here don’t care and I am going to start telling them.”

A resident of the village for 33 years, Mr Gordon added: “I feel it is terrible. It has always been an issue but never sorted.

“Everybody is sick about it but nobody wants to do anything.”

Midlothian Council is proposing to “ramp up” its responsible dog owner scheme as winter approaches.

SNP Councillor Jim Bryant, cabinet member for environmental health, said: ““Last year we launched our Green Dog Walkers Scheme, which has gone from strength to strength and we now have 250 members across Midlothian.

“The project also encourages pet owners to carry extra doggie bags to assist those who might get caught short.

“During the winter months, we’re aiming to ramp up our dog fouling campaign and urge more people to become responsible and clean up after their pets. We want to change attitudes to dog fouling as it’s one of our top complaints.”

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