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The Borough Council adopted controls in 2000 which made it an offence for an owner to allow their dog to foul any public place and not immediately remove the waste. These controls apply to almost all public places such as grass verges, pavements, church yards, and public open spaces.
Dog owners should carry a poop-scoop or other means with which to pick up and dispose of their dogs waste. Fouling controls apply whether or not there are signs or dog bins in the area. The Council is committed to placing more fouling bins in areas regularly used by dog walkers, however where no bins are present dog owners should dispose of fouling in their domestic refuse bin.
The Borough Council does not currently issue fixed penalty notices. It is our policy to prosecute offenders.
We have programme of routine patrols to ensure that wardens check areas frequently used by dog walkers, and have an opportunity to meet and talk with dog owners. We increase the time we spend in areas where we have dog fouling complaints.
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We will advise you of the reference number of your report, which you should quote if you contact us again about this matter.
The Authority investigates complaints as an independent body. Both parties are our clients and we have a duty to treat both fairly, respecting privacy and where appropriate confidentiality. We will not advise you of the discussions we have had with other parties.
Information received (your details) will not be released unless the Authority is required by law to do so. Should enforcement action be taken your details will be made available to the Court.
If you would like to take action yourself to encourage dog owners to clear up after their dog, you can download and display a Residents Action Area Fouling Sign by clicking here. Our Customer Services staff can also print this sign for you on request. You can attach a sign to your property – such as wall or gate, display it in a window, or work with other residents to use community notice boards and newsletters to promote responsible dog ownership.
If you saw a dog fouling offence take place, and you can identify the dog’s owner, we may be able to take action based on what you’ve seen. We need you to provide a detailed account of what you witnessed, and may need you to confirm these details in a Magistrates Court. If you are willing to support us with such action please complete and submit our “Summary of witness information” form.
Can Dog Wardens take action if someone’s dog fouls my garden?
The Wardens role is restricted to fouling in public places.