March 11 2014 Latest news:
By LAUREN ROGERS
Friday, February 21, 2014
A closer eye is being kept on dog walkers who fail clean up after their pets.
Fouling on pavements and pathways in the Flegg villages has become a “real problem” over the winter months, prompting borough councillor Barry Coleman to take action.
A four week crack down on dog fouling has started in Martham, Repps, Rollesby and surrounding villages with Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s Environmental Rangers stepping up their patrols to ensure pedestrians do not have to step in something else.
“This is prime dog fouling season,” said Mr Coleman.
“We do already work a number of evenings but obviously our work and any patrol is split throughout the borough.
“Using our ward budgets, myself and the other members had nearly £1,000 leftover and thought we could use that in a way to benefit everyone. The problem is not going to be fixed overnight but we believe this will make a big difference.”
For the next three weeks, two officers in high-vis jackets will patrol problem sites three nights a week on top of their scheduled visits. As well as acting as a deterrent, the rangers will deliver leaflets, speak to dog walkers and put up stickers reminding would-be offenders they face one-the-spot fines of £80.
Mr Coleman, who lives in Martham, believes dog mess is “definitely worse” in the Yarmouth borough than in other parts of the county.
Asked if extra bins would help - and give law-breaking dog walkers no excuse for not clearing up after their pets, Mr Coleman said: “Not everyone knows that dog mess can be put in the normal bins. Putting in extra bins isn’t as straight forward as finding the capital cost of installing them, you’ve got to arrange for regular collections.”
Earlier this year, Great Yarmouth Borough Council gave parking wardens the power to fine dog owners.
The whole of the borough is covered by the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996.
This means that those who fail to clear up after their dogs can incur a fine of up to £1,000 in the courts, or a fixed penalty notice of £80, reduced to £60 if paid within 10 days.
Anyone with any information that may help the borough council identify those responsible is asked to call the environmental rangers on 01493 846478.