SINCE becoming a dog owner recently I feel as though I have stepped back in time, to a place where dogs were allowed to roam freely and leave their mess wherever they liked without the owner having to clear up. It amazes me just how bad the streets are. I

SINCE becoming a dog owner recently I feel as though I have stepped back in time, to a place where dogs were allowed to roam freely and leave their mess wherever they liked without the owner having to clear up. It amazes me just how bad the streets are.

I obviously didn't walk enough before, but every day I have to side-step to avoid stepping into a newly left package.

Sapley Road, in Hartford, is so bad that it is not worth walking down on one side of the road. Owl Way is bad and, recently, virtually outside my neighbour's house was a nice pile. I am always receiving complaints from local residents about Elsie's Way. Do we are have abundance of strays or just a few lazy owners?

While the majority of dog owners are responsible and clear up, there are a few who do not and are letting us all down. May I ask that people do not allow their dogs to mess pavements, keep their dogs on leads in the areas signposted. That way, they will know where their dog has fouled. They should also not let their dog outside your front door alone.

I walked my dog last week and was greeted by two dogs without owners just off Kestrel Drive. It frightened my children as we did not know if the dogs were friendly.

I keep my dog on a short lead in built-up areas and on a longer leash in parkland. Many owners let their dogs off in Hartford Pitts, yet there are signs on every lamp post warning of a penalty up to £1,000.

I do feel for the poor lads who play football there, as it cannot be very pleasant for them when trying to save a goal and falling into something else. It is not nice and not particularly healthy.

If you see a dog fouling without the owner clearing, please report this to the local authority or your local councillor.

If you are an owner who cannot afford to obtain dog waste bags, they are freely available, at no charge, from the district council.

Please do not ruin it for us all. I like nothing better than to see a dog running around freely, but there are areas you can do this. Pavements are not the place, nor are children's play areas. The parks and green spaces should be able to be used by everyone, runners, cyclists, walkers, without taking home something on their shoes.

Councillor GINA CRUICKSHANK

Huntingdon East

Huntingdon Town Council