Friday, November 25, 2011

Emma Horrell - We Salute You!

The Freedom of Information Act(FOIA) has registered here before. Previously, it was about red rubber bands, see here and here.

Now, it rears its head in the guise of an enquiry re dog fouling. Just as things had gone a little quiet and it looked as if the national, nay worldwide, campaign might be faltering, Emma Horrell in Scotland restores our faith in this bitter fight.

Emma made an FOIA request of the council as follows:

Dear Highland Council,

Would the most recent data collected about dog fouling complaints in Highland Council indicate that dog fouling falls into the top 5 or top 10 areas complained about to Highland Council?

Yours faithfully,

Emma Horrell

The request can be seen here.

The response is difficult to interpret. The council reply can be seen here. As the response indicates, of the 2,354 complaints received in a 12 month period, dog fouling does not feature (unless it is one of the 8 "anti-social behaviour" complaints but I fear it is not).

This raises some serious questions. Has Highland Council implemented measures, which have eradicated dog fouling? If this is the case, then their good practice should be shared across the nation (or even the world!).

Is it that dog owners in Highland Council area have adopted some of the measures suggested on this blog (e.g. have they all fitted their dogs with pootraps?), or is it that Highland Council area is so awash that everyone has given up complaining?

I cannot answer this but Emma can. Therefore, Emma, please post here and tell us what prompted your enquiry? Have you any videos or pictures, which we could use on this blog?

I must also observe that Emma hasn't confined her efforts to one council, she has hit a good number with her invasive approach to fighting this menace. Other councils have responded and dog fouling is much higher in, for example, West Dumbartonshire, where it is in the top 5.

I urge everyone to have a good look through Emma's requests and the replies here.

Emma, we are with you! We have waited so long to meet someone like you, who has our campaign at heart! We await your early contact!


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