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Demand made for urgent action on a foul problem

PARENTS and teachers are calling on Solihull Council to do more to stop dog fouling near local schools.

PARENTS and teachers are calling on Solihull Council to do more to stop dog fouling near local schools.

Craig Hammond, from Campden Green, was “sick and tired” of seeing the roads and grass around his home and children’s schools covered in dog excrement

“It’s a terrible problem round here, it’s unacceptable,” he said. “Neighbours are very unhappy about it.

“If I have to clean another pair of my children’s shoes before the end of the week I will be sending Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council the receipt for some replacements.”

The nearby Chapel Fields School also raised serious concerns over dog fouling in the area.

Teaching assistant Valerie Cartwright said: “It’s got progressively got worse, especially in the last few months.

“We’ve noticed that the children are stepping in it and parents are complaining.

“It’s just not pleasant to be around a school where children are on a daily basis.”

Mr Hammond and the school contacted the council on several occasions to clean up the mess but were kept waiting for over two weeks before the area was eventually cleaned last week with Chris Barr, Principal Officer for Streetcare, promising a “thorough investigation” into the problem.

Coun Theresa Ted (Lyndon, Lib Dem) promised that the council were now looking at a more permanent solution to the sticky issue.

“It isn’t a great issue elsewhere in the ward but in this particular area looking at a number of dogs in a small place. It’s costing council money to keep it clean which is a shame but it has to be done.”

She added that the council were considering increasing dog warden inspections, informing dog owners of possible fines and adding new bins which Mrs Cartwright was hopeful would put an end to the “foul mess.”

 

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