Dec 12 2012 by Ian Bunting, Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser
Dog fouling petition
Dog fouling that has blighted a Coatbridge school for months could become a thing of the past.
Local politicians teamed up with kids and parents to tackle the problem.
Families from St Bartholomew’s Primary have signed a petition demanding action over the pavement outside the school constantly being covered in dog dirt – and they have the backing of MSPs Elaine Smith and Siobhan McMahon and Tom Clarke MP.
Earlier this year the school contacted the Good Dog campaign, who went out to see the problem first-hand.
The campaign supplied two boxes of dog bags and children gave them out to dog owners in the community.
But the fouling issue continues so pupils and parents took the next step of drawing up the petition.
Coatbridge and Chryston MSP Ms Smith commended them for their tenacious work.
She said: “It is encouraging to see that the children of St Bartholomew’s have taken matters into their own hands.
“They have done an excellent job with this petition and I know that the issue of dog fouling is a real problem for those in Townhead and beyond.
“Unfortunately, as a result of the SNP-imposed underfunded council tax freeze, local government is being starved of funds and does not have the resources to keep our streets clear at all times.
“The petition is now in the capable hands of Councillor Michael McPake, who will take the matter forward.”
The Coatbridge North councillor vowed to do all he can to stop the dog fouling by talking to his council colleagues.
He said: “I am determined to tackle this issue as it is a real problem for the people of Townhead.
“As the vice-convenor of the council’s environmental services committee I will be presenting the petition to the next group meeting in hope of some action.”