Dog-fouling and litter patrols could be set up in Waveney

A dog fouling sign in Lowestoft A dog fouling sign in Lowestoft

Friday, February 28, 2014
9:47 AM

Litter bugs and inconsiderate dog owners could be targeted by a new council team dedicated to cleaning the streets of Waveney, it emerged this week.

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A proposal to set up dog mess and litter patrols across the whole of the district could be adopted by Waveney District Council.

The idea was put forward by Waveney’s Labour opposition group at a full council meeting on Wednesday night which set the budget for 2014/15.

Councillors on all sides agreed the patrols scheme, which could see enforcement officers issuing fines to dog owners who do not clean up after their pets and people who thoughtlessly drop litter, should be further explored – with a strong possibility it will come into force.

Ian Graham, Labour councillor for the Harbour Ward, had proposed the amendment to the budget which paved the way for the dog mess and litter clampdown.

He said: “I think there is a huge problem with dog fouling and litter across Waveney. It is simply not acceptable.

“In my constituency alone there is dog mess on most roads and you can see in the town centre where people have dropped litter. What people have to understand is that we all live in the same community and what we do affects everyone.

“I am pleased the council is taking my proposal seriously and it is looking to take it forward.”

The dog-fouling and litter patrol motion will now be discussed at a meeting of the council’s overview and scrutiny committee on Thursday, which is looking at car parking and fine enforcement across Waveney.

Tod Sullivan, leader of Waveney’s Labour group, said the issue of people not cleaning up after their dogs was one of the major concerns of people in the district.

He said: “When we are out canvassing across Waveney, the issue of dog-fouling is always mentioned.

“It is a significant problem across the constituency.

“We have been discussing this problem and the one of litter for a while and saw the budget as the perfect way of proposing something.

“I am pleased to see it receive cross-party support.

“I don’t see any reason why it cannot be introduced in time for the summer.

“Waveney is a tourist destination and we need to keep its streets free of litter and dog mess so visitors can enjoy it.”

Although Waveney does not have dedicated patrol officers for litter and dog-fouling, the council aims to remove all dog mess reported in 24 hours and it does target persistent offenders who can be given a £80 spot fine or go to court and face a possible £1,000 fine.

Waveney also has trained its own staff and members of the public to report offenders who illegally dump rubbish as part of an incident ticketing scheme.

Colin Law, leader of Waveney, welcomed the motion to set up patrols, which are also seen as a way of generating money for the council at a time when its budget is under increasing pressure from cuts from the government.

Mr Law said: “As leader of the council, I welcomed the debate about generating additional revenue for the council and addressing some of the issues we face relating to littering and dog-fouling.

“By taking this amendment to our cross-party overview and scrutiny committee, we will now have the opportunity to thoroughly consider and assess any possible measures which may provide support and benefit to the town.”

Wednesday’s budget setting meeting saw Waveney freeze its share of council tax for the fourth year running, with a band D property paying

£147.51 for 2014/15.

11 comments

  • A good idea,especially with dog fouling....many times I've seen dog owners allowing their dogs to foul in lowestoft's main shopping area and not care less,sometimes I've mentioned to the irresponsible owners to clean up only to be met with a barrage of abuse with passers by turning a blind eye....very apathetic attitudes !!! Shame on you people of lowestoft !!!!,but hurrah for those that have stood up and made a stand.......as for litter let's hope we don't create an army of jobsworths who don't use common sence and discretion when litter is dropped as not all lettering is deliberate as anyone could inadvertently drop a receipt from their pocket or drop a crumb from a sandwich !!! So I hope WDC install some common sense into their recruits

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    andy cran

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • WDC should never have scrapped it's dog warden service. Dog mess reduced dramatically under them, so it's about blooming time something is done as it only takes a few offending owners to ruin our public spaces. It's a disgrace it's been ignored for so long. I hope they'll systematically cover the town & area, not skipping back alleys where after dark some owners think they can use them as dog toilets. Tiny Tim sang "Tiptoe through the Tulips", but here in Waveney we should sing "Tiptoe through the dog pooh"!

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    Frank

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • In Southwold, we do not need litter patrols, which will be too few people in the wrong places at the wrong time (similar to the total inability to enforce parking restrictions and issue fines here). Until he retired, we had a gentleman who kept the streets of the town swept and clean, the bins emptied and so forth. He was out and about in the small hours, so that the place was kept clean and ready for the start of each day, especially during the visitors' season. Since he left the job, the waste bins are stuffed to overflowing, including with holiday cottage waste (presumably the cottage owners don't want to pay for commercial waste collection) which is then dispersed around the streets. The gutters are full of fag ends, broken glass and paper, and the place is the filthiest I've seen it in 60 years. So what we need is not litter patrols, but a decent cleaning service (like that we had before) that works daily to keep the town clean and tidy.

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    T Doff

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • I have been mulling over this story for days since reading it on the front page last week. I wasn’t going to say anything but as the week has gone on I just have to have a vent. It makes me so mad that public money is being spent on cleaning up dog mess and litter from our streets. It’s all down to personal responsibility, sadly lacking in today’s society. Bottom line is that crisp packet, fag butt, empty carton has been dropped by some ignoramus who, if challenged (and I have) gives you a torrent of abuse. It’s the same for dog mess, I walk around my streets regularly and just cannot believe the sheer amount of the stuff. The type of people who do this really are scum who have no pride in anything at all and of course its everyone else who has to suffer the dirt & filth. Cllr Sullivan I agree with that the town needs cleaning but many people need to change their attitude, perhaps you councillors could go en mass and do regular litter picks in your wards and inspire your electorate to do the same – raise the bar and start a movement!

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    Sinders

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • Hope this happens, more fresh dogs mess in Bungay today, along Flixton Rd, Boyscott Lane & Castle Lane.

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    First&Last

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • Bungay definitely needs this. The dog mess and takeaway rubbish are a disgrace. The town should look smarter when the roadworks are complete and we need tidy streets to encourage more people into Bungay.

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    JDH

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • Don't wait until people are persistant offenders. Fine them each and every time they do it. These schemes must be self financing if they are working in the right areas of the borough. All parts of Waveney are a mess and a real turn off for tourism. Could raiswe thousands a day by just wandering around Lowestoft High Street. Maybe see better by standing on one of the bins that people manage to miss from2 feet away.

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    DaveG

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • bungay needs more bins and less drunks throwing their takeaway rubbish down, the same drunks that then blame the youths of the town for the litter !

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    flax

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • bungay needs more bins and less drunks throwing their takeaway rubbish down, the same drunks that then blame the youths of the town for the litter !

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    flax

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • This is great news, as a dog owner I hate walking my dog and coming across mess that's been left. It would save me the poo bags in picking up after others as well as my own. In terms of litter dropping, I hope they include the fields around Bloodmoore Community Centre, every Monday to Wednesday there is litter all over the field as well as the dog mess.

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    NorfolkLassie

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • bungay needs more bins and less drunks throwing their takeaway rubbish down, the same drunks that then blame the youths of the town for the litter !

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    flax

    Friday, February 28, 2014

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