Where is Support for Public and Wardens?
I’m an unashamed dog lover who walk our dog Barney around the Billing Ward and especially the fantastic fields and lakes we’ve got, meeting up with other dog owners, and as an aside it’s a great way to find out what people think about not only the area but Northampton overall.
The move to inform and advise dog owners to clear up after their dogs is welcome and especially on and in those areas where young children or sports teams play.
Enforcement of course also plays a part in making dog owners responsible and there is nothing that guarantees to ‘get up people’s noses’ than to see dog poop on the footpath and worse still stepping in it.
What is of course necessary is to provide facilities for dog owners to dispose of the “let’s call it dog business” once it is retrieved by the owners.
Some weeks ago for example I asked for three dog waste bins to be installed along Three Mile Walk in Ecton Brook following requests from people, both dog and non-dog owners.
Imagine my surprise to be told that there is no funding for ‘dog bins’ for the rest of the year but I can apply next.
I just cannot believe that the Council cannot find £700 for three dog waste bins to support the public, help keep the environment clean and assist our hard-working Neighbourhood Wardens but can find thousands for new carpets etc. in the Guildhall and £2million on a consultation process to ask Council Tenants if they want to change their landlord.
Priorities – What Priorities?