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Huncoat's war on dog mess could be on TV
MILLIONS of people could soon be tuning in to see Huncoat’s battle against dog fouling and flytipping.
Camera crews have been filming in the town for a documentary that could be aired on Channel Five.
Members of Huncoat Community Forum, which meets on a regular basis, expressed mixed views when they were told about the plans during a recent meeting.
Coun Dave Parkins, who is also a member of the forum, said: “It depends how it gets put across. It could be negative, or it could be positive.
“You know what the press and TV are like. They can twist things sometimes.
“There were a couple of people wary about the public seeing Huncoat being pulled down.”
But Coun Parkins denied the town had a problem with fly-tipping.
He said: “It’s a much better place now than it was 20 years ago. It used to have a problem with flytipping, but it doesn’t now.”
And in recent years, the number of people being fined for allowing their dog to foul in public has dramatically dropped, despite hundreds of compl-aints from angry residents. Coun Parkins, who has successfully campaigned for more dog bins and CCTV cameras to be installed, spoke out after dog walkers were found to have been dumping bags of excrement down a storm drain, which leads to the middle of Spout House Wood.
A dwindling number of fixed penalty notices led the council to launch a ‘pooper snooper’ scheme earlier this month, where amateur sleuths can earn £50 by taking photographs of perpetrators, and reporting them to the council.
Police and Community Support Officers were also drafted in to help tackle dog fouling, which remains one of the key issues for residents in Hyndburn.
A spokesperson for Channel Five said production of the documentary was in its early stages, but declined to comment further.
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