A PROJECT to tackle an increase in irresponsible dog owners who are terrorising a Burnt Oak estate will be launched this week.

The problem of dangerous dogs on the North Road Estate has led to an rise in the number of calls to Barnet Homes from concerned residents.

A specialist dog trainer, along with police, will visit the estate this Saturday to meet people wanting advice on how to better handle their pets.

As part of the borough wide scheme, Barnet Homes will work with Barnet Action for Responsible K9s (BARK) to refer any residents concerned about the behaviour of their dog, or neighbour’s pet, to a dedicated dog trainer.

Organisers said the trainer will then visit the dog and its owner, assess the problem and offer help and advice.

Dog bins will also be provided around the estate as one of a series of new facilities aimed at helping owners.

Barnet Homes chief executive, Tracey Lees, said: “We’re getting increasing numbers of calls about irresponsible dog owners, and we’re determined to work with residents to address this.

“Tenants and leaseholders at North Road have told us this is a particular problem for them.

“We want to ensure our residents can enjoy a good quality of life in a good home and good environment. This can be ruined by persistent dog mess, constantly barking dogs or fears about dangerous dogs.”

The community day will take place at North Road Community Centre, Burnt Oak Broadway, from 11am to 2pm on Saturday.

It forms part of Barnet Home's Enjoy where you live campaign, which is aimed at deterring antisocial behaviour and reducing the fear of crime.

Residents who want to make use of the dog scheme should call Barnet Homes on 0800 3895225.