Saturday, March 22, 2014
Police officers could be drafted in to help in the battle against dog fouling in Great Yarmouth. Parking wardens have already been given the power to issue on the spot fines to irresponsible owners, but town hall leaders are now hoping to expand their crackdown team by bringing PCSOs on board.
The borough council is keen to talk to police chiefs about giving community officers additional powers, as dog fouling continues to be a problem in the town.
Council leader Trevor Wainwright outlined the bid at an any-questions-answered session last week.
He, along with other cabinet members, were grilled about what the council was doing to crackdown on nuisance dog owners, after the roblem was raised as an ongoing concern by residents.
Mr Wainwright said: “We have a zero-tolerence policy and we can issue on the spot fines.
“We’re looking to talk to the police so PCSOs can carry out this function, they do it elsewhere in the country.
“The majority of people with dogs do the right thing, it’s a very small minority and unfortunately that drags the town down. It’s a problem and unfortunately it’s ongoing but we’re determined to address it as much as we can.”
Parking wardens were given the power to issue on the spot fines of up to £80 in January, to bolster the borough’s three environmental rangers.
But residents at the Question Time-style meeting thought more could be done and suggested that the council put up “large, strongly worded sings” to discourage problem owners, and include warnings over dog fouling on its council tax bills.
Val Pettit, cabinet member for environment, took the suggestions on board and said: “I agree with the signage and I’m sure we can get something done. And I don’t see why we can’t add it to our literature and bills every year.”
Others topics raised at the meeting included; the borough’s response to the December 5 tidal surge, car parking in Nursery Terrace, toilet block opening times and council funding.