Community council and school organise Staffin clean-up

STAFFIN Community Council and Staffin Primary School have teamed up to organise a clean up operation. The joint venture will see community councillors, school pupils and parents launch the ‘Keep Staffin Stunning’ campaign later this month.

It comes amid concerns about litter and dog fouling locally and the animals’ mess not being picked up. Staffin Community Council chairwoman Jen Shanks said the community litter pick would be held on Saturday June 17 at 10am at the school. She said there were recent important changes to dog fouling legalisation which would also be highlighted by Police Scotland at the event.

“We will be advertising it locally and in the West Highland Free Press,” she said, “It will be under the slogan “Keep Staffin Stunning” and PC Scott Templeman will also be joining us to highlight the change in legislation on dog fouling. He will also be judging the pupils’ poster contest.

“The new legislation means it’s now an instant fine of £80, instead of £40 for dogs fouling and their mess not being picked up by the owner. It’s now easier to issue these fines apparently as just one police officer needs to see an incidence of fouling or two members of the public in order to issue a fine. You can also be fined if you have a dog out in public but don’t have any dog waste bags on you.” The community council hope that this will act as a deterrent to dog owners.

A copy of the event poster can be accessed, here: Keep Staffin Stunning poster

More information at the Staffin Community Council Facebook page.