A Rutherglen mum has claimed she can’t walk from her house to Main Street without encountering dog fouling.
Amy Mackie, who lives on Wardlaw Avenue with husband Stuart and two-year-old son William, has said she has complained about the problem, but nothing has been done.
Amy claims that the problem is so bad that no matter what route she and William take to Main Street they have to be constantly on the look-out for dog fouling, especially on Stonelaw Road and Melrose Avenue.
She said: “Now that my little boy can walk lots more it is getting me down again. I am a stay-at-home Mum and I don’t drive, and our local area is where we spend the majority of our time.
“I find it sad that my son and the other children in the area can’t walk along the pavements or play in the park without having to look out for poo.
“There are a number of ways we can walk to the Main Street from our house in Wardlaw Avenue but there is not one route that is poo free.
“My Mum was over from France and we had to remind her to look out – but she managed to walk on some. It is embarrassing.
“I love living here but this issue is making it unpleasant to walk around, and I do walk.
“I think we do need someone to check the streets about 9am every day.”
Cath Mitchell, who lives nearly, said: “I own a dog myself but am sick of the dog owners not doing their duty.”
A spokesperson for South Lanarkshire Council said: “We have received only one complaint since April 2012 which was in respect of Stonelaw Drive, Rutherglen. Five patrols were carried out by our environmental wardens at that time and dog owners were seen to be picking up after their dogs. “Environmental Services officers conduct routine patrols in known problem areas for dog fouling and patrols are conducted at times when dog walkers are likely to be in the area.
“We carry out regular patrols around the whole South Lanarkshire area, depending on specific information we receive from the public and from our Grounds Services Teams.
“This new information on Stonelaw Road, Melrose Avenue and Wardlaw Avenue Rutherglen will be investigated by our patrols at the time indicated.
“The information we receive from the public allows us to target our resources with the greatest effect and, in particular, details of when the dog fouling is happening allows us to co-ordinate our patrols for these times.
“If you have information on a problem area then please contact Environmental Services on 08457 406080.”