Foul play: Dog mess on Montrose Golf Links is a problem

Course manager, Niall Bruce with Claire Penman, company secretary at Montrose Golf Links Ltd, and two responsible local dog walkers, Jack and Betty Proctor with Alfie and Ellie.
Course manager, Niall Bruce with Claire Penman, company secretary at Montrose Golf Links Ltd, and two responsible local dog walkers, Jack and Betty Proctor with Alfie and Ellie.

Irresponsible dog owners are still committing foul crimes by not picking up after their pets on Montrose Golf Links’ Medal and Broomfield courses.

Back in February we reported that dog fouling was a problem on the courses, and Claire Penman, Montrose Golf Links company secretary, says it is still an issue.

She said: “This is not a new problem but more people seem to use the Links during adverse weather, with no golfers about. Perhaps they don’t know where the ‘poo bins’ are located but it seems they have absolutely no respect for the golfers.

“There is always the odd time when you forget to bring a bag to lift the poo but proper dog lovers will return to dispose of it next time.

“To make it clear there are red bins close to the major points of access to the Links and the green-keeping staff do a very good, if unpleasant, job of emptying them.

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

The Golf Links have recently erected four signs at the 7th, 10th, 13th and 14th on the Medal Course to make the public aware of the importance of picking up their dog waste and keep their dogs on a lead.

Montrose Councillor Bill Duff said: “Dog fouling is a blight on our towns and public areas. Montrose is justifiably proud of its golf courses and the green keeping staff are regularly praised by visitors for the high standard of the courses. However, nobody wants to play on a course blighted by dog mess.

“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 control their pets on the courses and tidy up after them.”

Offenders 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.