Dog mess crackdown

December 22 2018

Dog mess crackdown

Dog owners in the Frome Valley who don’t clear up their pet’s mess on commons, woodland and heaths could soon be fined up to £1,000 as authorities get tough on dog fouling. A new initiative could mean they will also have to prove they are carrying bags for clearing up.
South Gloucestershire Council is currently consulting on whether to introduce a public spaces protection order in relation to dog fouling. It would also aim to bring in new powers for authorised officers to make sure they have the means to clean up.
The move is supported by Frampton Cotterell Parish Council Chair, Linda Williams. She said: “Anything that can help in alleviating the problem [is welcome], and hopefully it will.”
A council spokesperson said: “It is proposed to extend the land types on which people have to clear up after their dogs, so it applies to all land open to the air which the public have access to.  Currently we do not enforce against dog fouling on commons, woodland, farmland or heathland.”
Naomi Bibi, clerk to Frampton Cotterell Parish Council, said: "Frampton Cotterell Parish Council wholeheartedly supports the proposed Public Space Protection Order on dog fouling that South Glos Council is currently consulting on.”
“Back in July, I wrote to the Council on behalf of Frampton Cotterell PC, saying that a new PSPO to deal with dog fouling was important as it would both raise awareness to the problem whilst also providing the power to suitably tackle it.”
A council spokesperson said: “Dog walkers will be expected to show they have bags or other means of clearing up, even if the dog hasn’t defecated at that time.”
“If they cannot do this, and they are not exempt from the PSPO, they will have committed an offence.”
“Breach of the PSPO is an offence, which can result in fine of up to £1,000 if convicted.”
The council may issue a fine instead of pursuing prosecution. This would be set at the maximum, £100, or reduced to £75 for prompt payment.