DOG CONSULTATION SURVEY RESULTS DISPUTED
Attendees at Tuesday's dog control meeting questioned some of the results of the recent survey.
The public meeting, on July 12, was part of the consultation process which is required prior to a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) becoming law.
Some 129 people responded to a questionnaire about dog control, the results of which were compiled into a report delivered at the meeting.
The Council of the Isles of Scilly will decide if any, all or some of the proposals become law on August 2.
Some members of the audience disputed that 102 items of dog mess were recorded by part-time Dog Warden Charlie Flores in January 2016 in an area roughly from Buzza Hill to Old Town Church. This had dropped to 34 the following month.
The team presenting the results - Charlie, Environmental Health Officer David Currie and Senior Manager for Strategic Development Diana Mompoloki - robustly defended the figures, pointing out that because there is no seasonal change, visitors and their dogs play only a small part in the fouling. This was met with a cry of “Tell us something new” from the audience.
Some audience members said that 129 is a very small sample on which to base any conclusions, to which Diana responded that it was a significant sample with over 10% of households responding. It was also a significantly higher number than the response to a survey on the future of elder care on the islands, which is still ongoing.