Landlords to help fund Bute dog-fouling camera

The maximum fine, as this sign says, for failing to clean up after your dog is �500 - but this only applies if you refuse to pay and the case is taken to court. The initial penalty is �40, rising to �60 if not paid in 28 days.
The maximum fine, as this sign says, for failing to clean up after your dog is �500 - but this only applies if you refuse to pay and the case is taken to court. The initial penalty is �40, rising to �60 if not paid in 28 days.

Three local housing associations have agreed to contribute towards the cost of a roving security camera for Bute as a deterrent against dog fouling.

The Bute Community Safety Forum heard on Friday that both Fyne Homes and Argyll Community Housing Association, along with Bield Housing, which owns the retirement housing at Rothesay Court and Foley Court, were prepared to put up £750 towards the cost of a camera at approximately £3,000.

Councillor Len Scoullar, the chair of the forum, said Bute Community Council was willing to meet the rest of the cost.

Argyll and Bute Council has four moveable security cameras which are mostly used to monitor anti-social behaviour, and the authority’s Bute and Cowal amenity warden Jim Ferguson said enforcement action had recently been taken against one offender in Dunoon as a result of the use of one of the cameras.

Mr Ferguson also observed that although people in Scotland could now be fined £80 for littering and £200 for fly-tipping - penalties which have both been increased in the last year - the penalty for failing to clean up after your dog is still only £40.

Separately, an application from Apple Tree Nursery to the Rothesay Common Good Fund for money to pay for an anti-dog-fouling camera will be considered in April.