East Lancashire councils to get tough on dog fouling

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Owners not clearing up after their pets blights many parts of East Lancashire Owners not clearing up after their pets blights many parts of East Lancashire

FOUR councils in East Lancashire have vowed to improve after failing to crack down on persistent dog fouling.

Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn, Rossendale, and Ribble Valley Councils handed out just 39 fixed penalty notices between them last year.

In stark contrast, Burnley Council handed out more than 200, reveal figures released under the Freedom of Information Act.

A senior councillor at Blackburn with Darwen Council has pledged to get tough on dog fouling in light of the new figures.

The council issued 19 fines in 2012/13, compared to just six the year before.

Executive member for environment, Coun Jim Smith, said: “I don’t know why it’s so low because I only took over in April.

“The figures will be higher next year.

“I don’t think so. I know for sure.

“The reality is if your dog fouls in the street and you don’t pick it up, you deserve to be fined.

“One of the biggest complaints I get is dog fouling, and it’s disgusting.”

Coun Smith said he plans to use Police Community Support Officers to issue fixed penalty notices in Blackburn, a tactic recently introduced in Hynd-burn, where the council handed out eight fines last year.

Deputy leader of Hyndburn Council, Coun Clare Pritchard, said: “It’s very difficult to catch somebody in the act.

“If it is a neighbour who is letting their dog out at the same time every night, tell us and we can act.

“We only have the facilities for one dog warden, but a couple have been given out by PCSOs recently, and we are hoping that takes off.”

Burnley Council handed out 201 fixed penalty notices in 2012/13, and will continue to make tackling dog fouling a top priority in 2014, according to a senior councillor.

Coun Tony Harrison, exec-utive member for community services, said: “When we came into power, we made it a priority.

“We increased the number of dog wardens by one, and we have a good system that works.

“We have done public awaren- ess days with the dog wardens and rangers, and there are a lot of responsible dog owners who are quick to report problems and it’s having a deterrent eff-ect.”

Coun Harrison said the council was encouraging people to report dog fouling online, and had given away tablet comp-uters as an incentive to sign up.

He added: “I’m very pleased our staff have made this a pr-iority.”

Ribble Valley and Rossendale Councils hand out an average of six tickets a year, it was revealed.

A spokesman for Ribble Vall-ey Borough Council said the figures did not ‘reflect the significant number of informal warning letters sent, where witnesses were not prepared to give statements about neigh-bours’. Figures for Pendle Borough Council were not available.

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7:13pm Tue 31 Dec 13

burner says...

No ****, Sherlock ? It's like a Turd World country out there.
No ****, Sherlock ? It's like a Turd World country out there. burner

7:32pm Tue 31 Dec 13

past it says...

Way past time, now wait for the "I pick it up comments", but its sadly in plain sight for all to see on the streets and in parks that a great deal of dog owners do not pick it up. No I do not hate dogs just the mess they leave from their behinds.
Way past time, now wait for the "I pick it up comments", but its sadly in plain sight for all to see on the streets and in parks that a great deal of dog owners do not pick it up. No I do not hate dogs just the mess they leave from their behinds. past it

8:23pm Tue 31 Dec 13

maxcollie says...

We have a dog ourselves and always pick up. I once saw a woman let her dog foul and stood by the side of it until I had gone passed .I turned round and she was walking away until I asked her if she had a bag . She looked embarrased when i gave her a bag and she obviously never picked up. I stood and watched her.What she did with the bag I do not know. There is a lot of dog muck at the side of the bin near us,but we never catch the culprit
We have a dog ourselves and always pick up. I once saw a woman let her dog foul and stood by the side of it until I had gone passed .I turned round and she was walking away until I asked her if she had a bag . She looked embarrased when i gave her a bag and she obviously never picked up. I stood and watched her.What she did with the bag I do not know. There is a lot of dog muck at the side of the bin near us,but we never catch the culprit maxcollie

8:32pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Loving lances says...

Will the councils bring back dog wardens?
Will they have dogsh1t patrols?
How come Burnley makes so many fines?
Do they have a much easier job inspecting the piles of poop outside Turf Moor? Sorry, Turd Moor!
Will the councils bring back dog wardens? Will they have dogsh1t patrols? How come Burnley makes so many fines? Do they have a much easier job inspecting the piles of poop outside Turf Moor? Sorry, Turd Moor! Loving lances

9:07pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Just an observer says...

Perhaps the councilors would like to, practice what they are preaching here. i live not too far from one and, guess what? yes they have a dog & yes as they do they poo when they need to. question is, does the councilor go & pick it up???? in a word NO, i have see this several times. they would just rather stand by their front door,drinking their can of beer.who would have thought that then, so yes people who are people still get seen. so think on before you go shouting at others eh,oh and watch out watch out, there may be a camera phone about?????
Perhaps the councilors would like to, practice what they are preaching here. i live not too far from one and, guess what? yes they have a dog & yes as they do they poo when they need to. question is, does the councilor go & pick it up???? in a word NO, i have see this several times. they would just rather stand by their front door,drinking their can of beer.who would have thought that then, so yes people who are people still get seen. so think on before you go shouting at others eh,oh and watch out watch out, there may be a camera phone about????? Just an observer

9:20pm Tue 31 Dec 13

the white witch says...

So if your a councilor it`s ok for your dog to poop anywhere, but any ordinary person with a dog gotta pick it up or get fined, i think the council wants to check out thier own constituants before pointing a finger to fine, maybe it`s proof that is needed, in case proof will be got and the telegraph will be told.
Name & shame them all.
So if your a councilor it`s ok for your dog to poop anywhere, but any ordinary person with a dog gotta pick it up or get fined, i think the council wants to check out thier own constituants before pointing a finger to fine, maybe it`s proof that is needed, in case proof will be got and the telegraph will be told. Name & shame them all. the white witch

9:51am Wed 1 Jan 14

Pyewacket2 says...

Blackburn with Darwen got rid of it's Dog Wardens two years ago as part of the budget cuts, and now we see the impact of this measure. I can't see PCSO's making any impact, as Dog fouling is a civil offence, and detection is a full time occupation.

As the Dog Wardens used to say : "It may be dog **** to you, but it's bread and butter for us " :-)
Blackburn with Darwen got rid of it's Dog Wardens two years ago as part of the budget cuts, and now we see the impact of this measure. I can't see PCSO's making any impact, as Dog fouling is a civil offence, and detection is a full time occupation. As the Dog Wardens used to say : "It may be dog **** to you, but it's bread and butter for us " :-) Pyewacket2

9:53am Wed 1 Jan 14

burner says...

Hmmmmm, let's consider this one. Lots of people have dogs and every dog has to poo two or three times a day . . . . . KERCHING !!!!!!!!!
Hmmmmm, let's consider this one. Lots of people have dogs and every dog has to poo two or three times a day . . . . . KERCHING !!!!!!!!! burner

10:48am Wed 1 Jan 14

Izanears says...

Why were no figures for Pendle available? When it comes to promises to prosecute flytippers, non scooping dog owners and those who leave their wheely bins out 24/7, Pendle council just talk a lot of hot air.
Why were no figures for Pendle available? When it comes to promises to prosecute flytippers, non scooping dog owners and those who leave their wheely bins out 24/7, Pendle council just talk a lot of hot air. Izanears

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