Dog mess is ‘ruining’ Waters of Philorth

bags needed: There are three dog waste bins available on the path at the waters of Philorth
bags needed: There are three dog waste bins available on the path at the waters of Philorth

The picturesque Waters of Philorth are being ruined by dog mess on the walkway, left by thoughtless owners.

The pictures taken by the Fraserburgh Herald earlier this week show just a small extent of the problem that is currently overshadowing the beauty of the area.

diseased: Dog waste is a health and environmental hazard

diseased: Dog waste is a health and environmental hazard

There are three dog bins available on the walking path, which has access to the beach, but dog owners are choosing to ignore the bins provided.

In a short walk from the car park to the beach there were well over 20 instances of dog waste which owners had failed to pick up.

In a letter to the Fraserburgh Herald this week it states that many people are being put off going walking at the spot thanks to the state of the walkway.

Letter writer Linda Reed of Rathen says: “I went to take my two dogs for a walk at Waters of Philorth and observed the flag flying which states it is an award-winning beach for 2011.

Beauty ruined: the beauty at the waters of Philorth are being ruined by careless dog owners

Beauty ruined: the beauty at the waters of Philorth are being ruined by careless dog owners

“This puzzles me as the short walk from the car park to the first duck boards was one of the most unpleasant of experiences.

“It appears, that award-winning it may be, but many dog walkers in the area couldn’t care less.

“The path was littered, every few feet, with dog excrement and I am amazed that folk are prepared to just let their dogs foul wherever is convenient. Some have even let them foul in the parking area itself. This is in spite of there being ample dog litter bins.

“This is a beautiful area but there seems to be no respect for it from many dog walkers. It has certainly put me off visiting Philorth again for some time.

Dog owner shame: The Waters of Philorth are littered with dog waste

Dog owner shame: The Waters of Philorth are littered with dog waste

“I am not sure what the solution is other than perhaps a dog warden patrolling at certain times to try and educate these disrespectful people to be more community-minded.

“Families with young children come to this beach and surrounding dunes and I cannot imagine how they must feel seeing this constant sight. The health risk alone is mind-boggling.

“Can I appeal to those people to make a start at picking up after their pooches in an effort to keep this wonderful area clean for everyone?”

Commenting on the situation, Aberdeenshire Council dog warden, Alison Robertson, said: “It is inconsiderate of people. It ruins the area, people step in it and end up taking it home and into cars. They shoould really be picking it up there are plenty of bins provided.

“It is an area we will be targeting. It is a shame as all dog owners get tarred with the same brush and there are responsible dog owners who use the Waters of Philorth. It is a small minority that are ruining it for everyone and failure to clean up after your dog is an offence.”

A spokeswoman from Aberdeenshire Council said: “Bins are provided at Waters of Philorth.

“The issue is not just about the number of dog bins the council provides; dog owners have a responsibility too.

“It is an offence to fail to pick up mess left by your pet in any public place and dispose of the waste in a suitable receptacle.

If no bin is available then any waste can be taken home to be disposed of and if members of the public witness anyone not cleaning up after their dog, please contact the warden and provide as much detail as possible so the issue can be investigated.”