Local man tackles community problem

SORTED: Local man Doug Simpson says he has seen a vast improvement on his street since putting up the sign.
SORTED: Local man Doug Simpson says he has seen a vast improvement on his street since putting up the sign.

As the problem of dog waste left by dog owners continues to rumble on in Fraserburgh this week, one local resident has taken some initiative and erected a sign in his front garden to ward off those tempted to leave their dog’s mess behind.

Doug Simpson (63), who is also a member of the Fraserburgh Community Council, spoke at last week’s meeting of the group on the problem of dog mess in Fraserburgh.

Upon hearing of Councillor Michael Watt’s new campaign to highlight the dog mess problem in Fraserburgh through his responsible dog owners group, ‘R-dog’, Mr Simpson alerted those present that he was so fed up of picking up after other people’s dogs, and the lack of signage and bins in his area, that he had created his own ‘no dog fouling’ sign.

Speaking to the Fraserburgh Herald, Mr Simpson said: “There was always dog mess on the pavements here.

“I wondered if it would make any difference if I put up a sign. It improved things greatly.

“A couple of people have said it’s a good idea. I did have a bit of concern about putting it up, but there’s been no retaliation.”

A self-proclaimed ‘dog person’, Mr Simpson added that he had spoken with the community council about getting dog bins for the area, Queens Road, but decided to take take matters into his own hands and install his own sign.

Mr Simpson is hopeful that Aberdeenshire Council will erect official signs in the future, commenting that the issue should be made more understandable to people.