Steps taken to tackle Mullion dog mess

An ongoing campaign to clean up dog mess in Mullion has seen progress, with three tasks on a five point plan to tackle the issue already underway.

Following pressure from the Mullion Dogs' Mess Campaign group, the parish council has agreed to produce and distribute leaflets in the village, and put up posters designed by the campaigners, to raise awareness of the problem.

Cornwall Council will also supply biodegradable bags for dog mess for sale at Mullion Post Office and other shops in the village area. These could previously be bought from Helston's One Stop Shop but nowhere in Mullion.

The campaign group is now pushing for the remaining two points on their list to be carried out: to review the locations of dog mess bins and general littler bins, and relocate if necessary - particularly on the coast path - and add these locations on a new village map that should be installed in the village's two car parks and used widely.

A petition created by the campaign group was signed by more than 500 people in just two weeks - around one quarter of the village's population.

The signatures were provided by both residents and visitors, with comments about the dog mess including “Horrible” and “Puts me off visiting the village again”, with Mullion described as a “pretty village spoiled by dogs' mess.”

Louse Martin, of the group, said: “This is an issue that has gone on too long. We believe it will have a negative impact on the local economy by putting off visitors in the tourist season, if left in the same situation.

“Over the last year individuals have written to the parish and unitary council, the Mullion in Bloom group have made complaints, the MP has been contacted and the local dog warden has been engaged. Still nothing has changed.

“We need to be clear that this needs to be not the beginning of reporting the issue - but rather the beginning of solving the problem.”

Members are continuing to urge supporters of their cause to keep Mullion free of dog mess by writing to councillors and joining their Facebook group “Dog's Mess in Mullion” or contacting them via mullioncampaign@gmail.com

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12:08pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

Right this minute someone needs to do something about the dog mess all along the pavement outside Weatherspoons on The Moor in Falmouth.
Right this minute someone needs to do something about the dog mess all along the pavement outside Weatherspoons on The Moor in Falmouth. Gill Zella Martin 09

3:51pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Arcamo says...

It must be awful staggering out of Wetherspoons on a Monday afternoon for a fag and having to put up with looking at dog turd.
It must be awful staggering out of Wetherspoons on a Monday afternoon for a fag and having to put up with looking at dog turd. Arcamo

3:55pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

I don't believe selling dog poo bags in the village will make much difference, dog poo bags are available in supermarkets etc and any bag could be used, and you don't forget to take one with you when walking a dog anymore than you would forget to take the dog with you. I doubt very much the availability or cost of bags is the problem. As for having a detrimental effect on tourism with visitors, that's
debatable because the dog mess problem is exacerbated during the holiday periods, so I therefore suggest some visitors are a contributary factor to the problem. The only real way to solve the problem is to catch people at the time of the offence and confront them. I have witnessed on occasions dogs running loose on the streets on their own so no amount of dog bags is going to solve that problem.
When the Parish Council have nothing else to do perhaps they may like to paint a 20 limit sign on the Meaver Road, because many people take no notice of the road signs at the side of the road and those signs are habitually obscured by the projection of foliage during the summer months. I have already taken this up with the Parish Council a long time ago and they said they would contact Cornwall Council, but Mullion appears to be the forgotten village. How much can it cost for goodness sake to paint one road speed limit sign on the road each side. One has to start wondering what one pays a parish precept for.
I don't believe selling dog poo bags in the village will make much difference, dog poo bags are available in supermarkets etc and any bag could be used, and you don't forget to take one with you when walking a dog anymore than you would forget to take the dog with you. I doubt very much the availability or cost of bags is the problem. As for having a detrimental effect on tourism with visitors, that's debatable because the dog mess problem is exacerbated during the holiday periods, so I therefore suggest some visitors are a contributary factor to the problem. The only real way to solve the problem is to catch people at the time of the offence and confront them. I have witnessed on occasions dogs running loose on the streets on their own so no amount of dog bags is going to solve that problem. When the Parish Council have nothing else to do perhaps they may like to paint a 20 limit sign on the Meaver Road, because many people take no notice of the road signs at the side of the road and those signs are habitually obscured by the projection of foliage during the summer months. I have already taken this up with the Parish Council a long time ago and they said they would contact Cornwall Council, but Mullion appears to be the forgotten village. How much can it cost for goodness sake to paint one road speed limit sign on the road each side. One has to start wondering what one pays a parish precept for. Gill Zella Martin 09

3:58pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

Arcamo wrote:
It must be awful staggering out of Wetherspoons on a Monday afternoon for a fag and having to put up with looking at dog turd.
I personally do not stagger anywhere, especially after having one lemonade with my lunch, and I do not smoke either. As for the dog mess it was smeared all along the pavement for quite some distance.
[quote][p][bold]Arcamo[/bold] wrote: It must be awful staggering out of Wetherspoons on a Monday afternoon for a fag and having to put up with looking at dog turd.[/p][/quote]I personally do not stagger anywhere, especially after having one lemonade with my lunch, and I do not smoke either. As for the dog mess it was smeared all along the pavement for quite some distance. Gill Zella Martin 09

8:32pm Mon 7 Jan 13

meerkats says...

Arcamo wrote:
It must be awful staggering out of Wetherspoons on a Monday afternoon for a fag and having to put up with looking at dog turd.
No need to be so rude to Gill.
[quote][p][bold]Arcamo[/bold] wrote: It must be awful staggering out of Wetherspoons on a Monday afternoon for a fag and having to put up with looking at dog turd.[/p][/quote]No need to be so rude to Gill. meerkats

2:37pm Fri 11 Jan 13

molesworth says...

Nothing rude here meerkats. There's nothing wrong with having a good lunch with friends, getting a wee bit tipsy and popping out for a cigarette. Personally, I rather like envisioning Gill doing this (without the offending dog turds of course).
Nothing rude here meerkats. There's nothing wrong with having a good lunch with friends, getting a wee bit tipsy and popping out for a cigarette. Personally, I rather like envisioning Gill doing this (without the offending dog turds of course). molesworth

4:14pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

If people want stagger out of pubs, get drunk, smoke, tread in dogs mess or whatever else then that is their business as long as it does not affect anyone else, however, I found Arcamos suggestion rather a peculiar and wild suggestion on his/her part, maybe judging me by his/her own actions. In fact if one used a little common sense it may have occurred to them that as it is well known on this website that I do not live in Falmouth I would not be drinking alcohol because I would be driving home.
If people want stagger out of pubs, get drunk, smoke, tread in dogs mess or whatever else then that is their business as long as it does not affect anyone else, however, I found Arcamos suggestion rather a peculiar and wild suggestion on his/her part, maybe judging me by his/her own actions. In fact if one used a little common sense it may have occurred to them that as it is well known on this website that I do not live in Falmouth I would not be drinking alcohol because I would be driving home. Gill Zella Martin 09

4:20pm Fri 11 Jan 13

meerkats says...

Gill Zella Martin 09 wrote:
If people want stagger out of pubs, get drunk, smoke, tread in dogs mess or whatever else then that is their business as long as it does not affect anyone else, however, I found Arcamos suggestion rather a peculiar and wild suggestion on his/her part, maybe judging me by his/her own actions. In fact if one used a little common sense it may have occurred to them that as it is well known on this website that I do not live in Falmouth I would not be drinking alcohol because I would be driving home.
I ,found their comment odd, and uncalled for ,which is why i left my previous comment.
[quote][p][bold]Gill Zella Martin 09[/bold] wrote: If people want stagger out of pubs, get drunk, smoke, tread in dogs mess or whatever else then that is their business as long as it does not affect anyone else, however, I found Arcamos suggestion rather a peculiar and wild suggestion on his/her part, maybe judging me by his/her own actions. In fact if one used a little common sense it may have occurred to them that as it is well known on this website that I do not live in Falmouth I would not be drinking alcohol because I would be driving home.[/p][/quote]I ,found their comment odd, and uncalled for ,which is why i left my previous comment. meerkats

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