Dog fouling leaves stinks on Montrose Golf Links

Montrose Golf Links is experiencing issues with dog fouling
Montrose Golf Links is experiencing issues with dog fouling

The winter days have resulted in an increase of dog fouling over Montrose Golf Links.

The club say this is not a new problem but after the recent period of cold weather, the problem has increased dramatically.

Staff at Montrose Golf Links feel possibly more people used the Links during the period of adverse weather, with no golfers about, and didn’t know where the ‘poo bins’ were located.

Montrose Golf Links company secretary Claire Penman said: “Many of the visiting and local golfers who have managed to play the courses have been aghast at the amount of dog excrement, especially in the ‘Curlie’ and ‘Gates’ area.

“There are red bins close to the major points of access to the Links and the greenkeeping staff do a very good, if unpleasant, job of emptying them.

“There is also a poo bag dispenser situated beside the Curlie area.

“Come on dog walkers, please tidy up after your pets!”

Montrose councillor Bill Duff said: “Dog fouling and irresponsible dog owners is a blight on our towns and public areas. Every councillor gets lots of complaints from the public about this issue.

Angus Council takes the issue very seriously with an effective team of community wardens who patrol the county in search of offenders and a dedicated employee who uses the ‘pooper scooper’ to tidy up the mess in the worst affected areas.

“I am asking dog owners in Montrose to do the decent thing and tidy up after their pets.

Claire added: “If you do not clean up after your pet, you can be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £40, rising to £60 if not paid within 28 days or the offence can be reported to the Procurator Fiscal.”

Dog fouling can also be reported online by visiting www.angus.gov.uk.