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ANGUS Council say they have no plans to increase the number of dog waste bins in Arbroath despite many pet owners complaining there are not enough.

As part of the Arbroath Herald’s campaign to rid our streets of dog mess, readers have once again been telling us which streets are the worst affected.

This week several readers have told is Brechin Road is a particular hot spot as is Warddykes.

But many pet owners have also contacted the Herald saying more dog waste bins are needed if people are to clean up after their dogs.

However, a spokeswoman from Angus Council said: “We have no plans to install further dog waste bins, but litter bins can be used for disposal of fouling.”

The local authority also revealed that 25 fixed penalty notices were issued to dog owners not cleaning up mess in 2012/13, compared to 23 fines the previous year.

Angus wide 52 fixed penalties were issued this year, which was down on the 65 issued during 2011/12.

One of the hot spots for dog mess this week is Brechin Road, with several concerned residents highlighting the area as a place where the problem is particularly bad.

One woman, who did not want to be named said: “I have to agree with the comments on your Facebook page regarding Brechin Road, this area is absolutely disgusting as it is covered in the mess.

“The fact that there is a school in the same street does not seem to matter to the owners of the dogs leaving the mess.

“I myself arrived home on Monday afternoon to a pile of dog mess on my property, I would like to thank the owner of the dog for my gift but as I don’t own a dog myself I do not appreciate clearing up someone else’s mess.”

And there has also been concern expressed about dog fouling on the Kirkton Industrial Estate by some unit owners.

One, who did not want to be named said: “Dog walkers coming from the woodland aren’t cleaning up after their dogs near where cars park.

“Maybe it is time to make all dog owners chip and register their dogs.”

r Keep telling us which streets are particularly bad when it comes to dog fouling so we can update our list next week. Also keeping letting us know your views on the subject.

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