Dog Fouling - Information from Erewash Borough Council
Dog fouling is a national problem and many members of our community are affected by dog fouling which occurs in their local area and/or recreational areas. Legislation was introduced to make it an offence to allow your dog to foul public land and fail to clean it up immediately.
The dog fouling text service enables residents to use their mobiles to send details of dog fouling mess and request a clean-up. The Dog Fouling Text Service number is 07792 701 583 and residents should give a precise location of the dog mess to enable the council's team to locate it and clean it up as quickly as possible.
In many areas we have installed dog waste bins as a facility for responsible dog owners who clear up after their dogs and the use of litter bins for the disposal of dog waste is now permitted.
Our Neighbourhood Wardens and Neighbourhood Dog Warden regularly patrol the borough and where necessary will issue fixed penalty notices of £80 to any person who has allowed their dog to foul and failed to clear, with a prosecution charge if the individual does not pay the fixed penalty notice. You can report dog fouling via My Erewash.
If you are regularly seeing someone allowing their dog to foul in a public place without cleaning it up, then you can complete a diary form. This will then be used to assist us with our patrols.
Please note that the information given is treated in the strictest confidence.
Enforcement of the Dog Fouling Law
Dog Control Orders make it is an offence to allow your dog to foul in a public place, without clearing it away immediately and disposing of it properly.
Disposing of it properly means placing it in one of the bins provided by us or taking it home, putting it in another bag and placing inside your wheelie bin.
If you are regularly seeing someone allowing their dog to foul in a public place without cleaning it up, then you can pass this information onto our Neighbourhood Warden Service on 0115 907 2244. Every dog fouling complaint is investigated. Our Neighbourhood Warden Service will visit the area and if possible, put up signs to remind people about the laws on dog fouling.
Prosecution of offenders
Our Neighbourhood Wardens actively patrol the Borough to catch dog owners who do not clear up after their dog has fouled.
A fixed penalty notice of £80 will be issued to anyone who allows their dog to foul on public land.
We will actively prosecute anyone that does not discharge their liability to conviction in court, this could lead to a fine in court.
Solutions not to get prosecuted:
- If you have a garden encourage the dog to "go" there. You can then bury the mess or alternatively clean it up and bin it.
- If you walk your dog always carry the means to clear up after your dog. A simple plastic bag will do the trick or obtain a poop scoop from your local pet shop.
- Remember to take a bag or poop scoop like you'd remember a lead. Every time your dog fouls "bag it and bin it".
- Remember rain does not wash the problem away. Never let your dog out alone to 'go to the loo.'
Public Spaces Protection Order
Erewash Borough Council has had three Dog Control Orders in place since 2013. The first relating to dogs fouling on land which was a borough wide Order. The second required dogs on a lead in certain areas (cemeteries) and the third was a dog exclusion order which excluded dogs from certain gated and fenced play areas within the borough. These three Orders were made under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005.
In 2014, the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act was enacted, bringing together a range of existing powers designated to tackle a wide range of anti-social behaviour. It created a new Public Spaces Protection Order power, and repealed a number of other pieces of legislation including section 55 of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005. Like the previous legislation, PSPOs are intended to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in a particular public area that was identified to be detrimental to the communities quality of life.
A public area is defined as any place which the public have access to. A PSPO imposes conditions on the use of the particular area covered by the Order and can be in force for up to three years unless extended. They can also be varied or discharged.
The details and locations relating to the PSPO can be obtained by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 0115 9072244.
Complete an on-line form through your My Erewash account.
Pride-line: 0115 850 8383 (24 hour confidential hot-line). Our Pride in Erewash Campaign has a confidential 24-hour hotline which gives residents the power to tackle environmental crime in their local area.
For out-of-hours emergencies please call 0115 907 2244.
Posted: Mon, 29 Mar 2021 09:56 by Laura Storey