Residents call foul... over dog mess

Kinghorn In Bloom members, local councillors, environmental and beach coastal officers launching 'Cleaner Kinghorn' campaign
Kinghorn In Bloom members, local councillors, environmental and beach coastal officers launching 'Cleaner Kinghorn' campaign

A NEW campaign aimed at stamping out dog fouling in Kinghorn has been launched.

New signs have been installed near the award-winning Pettycur Beach reminding owners to clean up after their pets.

Kinghorn Community Council is leading the campaign, with support from Kinghorn in Bloom, after hearing residents’ frequent complaints about the ongoing problem. The members are now taking action by using strong messages to target those who allow their dogs to foul and don’t pick up after them.

As part of the Cleaner Kinghorn Campaign, a competition was held in Kinghorn Primary to design signs to encourage dog owners to scoop their animal’s poop.

The winning signs - which will go on show at Pettycur Beach - were chosen by members of Kinghorn Community Council and Robbie Blyth from the Coast and Countryside Trust.

Suzanne Gilfeather, who is a member of Kinghorn Community Council, told The Press: “This campaign is different as it comes from residents - many of whom are dog owners - who are thoroughly sick of the state of our streets, braes and beaches.

“There is no excuse. We pick up so why can’t other dog owners? Grass areas and beaches are there for all of us to enjoy - they are not a toilet for people’s pets to use.”

Suzanne said Fife Council environmental services have been instrumental in having the signs erected and that the campaign has been funded by a Kanes (Kirkcaldy Area Neighbourhood Engagament Scheme) award - which allowed communities to have a say in how Council money is spent in their area.

She continued: “Pupils from Kinghorn Primary performed a rap on how to make it to school avoiding dog dirt and this helped to secure the funding award. The school has been very supportive of the campaign. The P7s are also involved in monitoring - they are going out once a month on a set route which is known for being bad for dog poo and they are keeping an eye on it and recording the results to see if there is a pattern in certain areas. Hopefully we will see a difference with the signs being put up.”

She added: “The support from all ages in Kinghorn has been overwhelming. We will be having an official launch of the campaign soon and will be putting our point across in a powerful and creative way. We pick it up and so should others.”

Councillors George Kay and Susan Leslie are supporting the campaign. In a joint statement they said: “We have fully supported the Cleaner Kinghorn campaign from the outset and we are delighted to see it come to fruition.”