The citizen-led Leith Anti-Jobby Lobby produced this poster more than 18 months ago, in frustration with a lack of council action on dog fouling in the Leith area.
And as we’ve shown previously, although the council likes to talk tough of dog poo, Leithers have been getting a poor deal from the local Environmental Wardens service when it comes to dog fouling for longer than this.
Recently, thanks to an FOI submitted by Evening News journalist, who was keen to get an update on our earlier blog post, it has come to light that the enforcement services have set a new record for themselves in the Leith Walk ward, as they’ve issued precisely zero fixed penalty notices for dog fouling in the whole of 2014.
It was only this October that Environment Convener, Councillor Lesley Hinds, claimed the council was toughening up on dog fouling offenders. In a press release, that was breathlessly reproduced in the local media, she threatened to name and shame repeat offenders and said: “Dog fouling is an issue which continues to blight our streets, creating not only an eyesore but a potential health and safety risk.
“We are committed to tackling this, and it is important that we do everything in our power to deter irresponsible owners from committing the offence.
“That’s why we’re calling on harsher punishments for offenders, as well as long-term monitoring, to reflect the significance of the crime but also to discourage repeat offending.”
Clearly, there’s going to be no repeat offending in Leith. They’ll in fact be no offending at all.