City Council acts on dog mess after 300 sign petition

Peterborough City Council has agreed to take action about dog mess in the village after 300 people signed a petition.

It was handed in at the March meeting of Thorney Parish Council.

The issue has been taken up by Steve Allen, one of three Peterborough City Councillors representing Thorney, and he has issued this statement:

The city council acknowledges the significant public concern around dog fouling in various areas of Peterborough which, apart from being an anti-social nuisance, is associated with various health risks (particularly to children) and blights our green open space that the city is so proud of.

The Council resolves to:

“Promote responsible dog ownership to reduce the nuisance and health problems associated with dog fouling through an ongoing education and awareness raising programme.

Ensure that, where education is not effective, the city council’s Prevention and Enforcement Officers fine and if necessary prosecute owners that fail to clear up after their dog under current legal powers by way of Fixed Penalty Notices under relevant legislation.

Investigate the use of Public Space Protection Orders to deal with anti-social behaviour associated with irresponsible dog ownership where there is proven dog fouling issue on green open space land or other dog fouling problem areas. The PSPO could provide enforcement officers with the ability to fine a dog owner not in possession of a bag to clear up after their dog, similar to PSPOs being introduced in some other council areas.

Investigate the placing of additional waste bins (for general and dog waste) at strategic locations to further assist and encourage dog owners to clear up after their pets, and to have somewhere to dispose of the waste easily, safely and promptly.

Getting on top of the issue will course require resident’s vigilance as well as co-operation and participation.”

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