Flintshire to introduce ways to tackle dog control and dog fouling issues
Flintshire County Council is working to tackle the ongoing problem of dog
fouling in the County.
This remains a high priority with Flintshire’s Environmental Enforcement
Officers, supported by external contractors Kingdom, taking action against
those who do not clear up after their dogs. Since July, more than 80 Fixed
Penalty Notices have been issued for dog fouling offences.
To further improve responsible dog ownership, the Council’s Cabinet recently
approved plans to introduce a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) in
Flintshire to not only tackle dog faeces problems.
The new PSPO, gives the Council more powers to enforce other designated
offences, such as the complete exclusion of dogs or a requirement to keep dogs
on leads on certain classifications of open space. Public consultation is set
to commence on these proposals in the coming months.
Flintshire County Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for the
Environment, Councillor Bernie Attridge, said:
“This is a really positive move towards dealing with dog fouling as well as
tackling other issues, such as dogs running loose on children’s play areas,
marked sports pitches or other formal recreation areas. Whilst we recognise
the importance of exercising our pets, we need to strike a balance to ensure
that other users of our open spaces can also do so safely.”
To support the PSPO, additional enforcement measures were agreed, such as plain
clothes enforcement, issuing a Fixed Penalty Notice if a person does not have
on them a means to pick up their dog waste, dual use litter bins and spraying
left dog faeces pink to highlight problem areas.
If you know an area with a problem report it to Streetscene on 01352 701234 or
via the Flintshire County Council App providing as much detail as possible.
CAPTION: Ruth Cartwright and an Environmental Enforcement Officer with Cllrs
Carol Ellis and Bernie Attridge