North Norfolk Labour says coastal council has failed to act on dog fouling with no fines since 2011

A dog fouling sign at North Walsham Town FC.PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

A dog fouling sign at North Walsham Town FC.PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: © ARCHANT NORFOLK PHOTOGRAPHIC

A council has failed to tackle dog fouling, according to the district's Labour Party.

North Walsham town councillor David Spencer. Picture: SUBMITTED

North Walsham town councillor David Spencer. Picture: SUBMITTED - Credit: Archant

North Norfolk District Council has not issued any fixed penalty notices since 2011.

And the Labour party in north Norfolk claims the lack of notices means the Conservative administration at the council has been soft on tackling the issue.

But the council said it concentrated on preventative measures, such as signs and patrols to inform dog owners.It said there were six wardens patrolling well-used areas, and £2,000 had been spent on signs to prevent fouling.

The Labour party claims the lack of prosecutions sends out the wrong message, allowing the small minority of owners who let their dogs foul without picking it up think they can continue to get away with it.


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Cromer Walkers are Welcome campaigner Don Davenport said dog mess was not a political issue but a social one. He said: 'Dog fouling is responsible for the highest number of complaints in the town. People should be fined and the problem should be highlighted.'

Figures released to the North Norfolk Labour Party under a Freedom of Information request show the district council issued eight £80 notices in Sheringham, Northrepps, Cromer and North Walsham in 2011.

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David Spencer, North Walsham town councillor, said: 'We need more effective measures – more bins, more fines and the council following up residents' complaints.'

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