Keep Fido under control, begs concerned councillor

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TAKE the lead and stop your dog doing the dirty near a beauty spot.

That’s the plea from Councillor Rhondda Geekie, who is concerned about dogs being allowed to run wild along a new path that links Boghead Road in Lenzie to Lenzie Moss.

The councillor wants signs put up warning owners to keep their dogs under control and to clean up any mess they make.

Councillor Geekie said: “When I was out there last week there was a dog running around while young people were playing on the football pitch. It’s unfair to allow dogs to roam about where young people are playing.

“The new dog bins and signs I have asked for will help with this problem. I have nothing against dogs, but owners should take responsibility for them.”

Derek Cunningham, director of development and infrastructure at East Dunbartonshire Council, said: “A council officer and Councillor Geekie recently met with residents at the new pathway near Boghead Road.

“It was agreed that ‘dog fouling prohibitive notices’ would be erected at either ends of the path, alerting dog owners of their responsibilities to dispose of dog mess correctly.

“However, the council cannot erect signs requesting that dogs are kept on a lead as this is not a legal requirement.

“The Scottish Outdoor Access Code stipulates that dog owners should clean up after their dogs and keep them under close control, meaning the dog responds to its owner’s demands and is kept close at heel.”

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