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Local problem areas targeted in dog fouling “crackdown”

Dog fouling crackdown

Local problem areas targeted in dog fouling “crackdown”

North East Lincolnshire Council enforcement officers have patrolled close to 30 dog fouling problem areas since starting a “crackdown” in March to tackle the ongoing problem.

To help encourage dog owners to pick up after their pooches, enforcement officers put up signs to remind them they would face a fine if they don’t carry a “dog poo bag” or other means to pick up after their dog.

Officers are also making spot checks and offering advice to dog walkers about the rules.

During May, any dog walkers found not carrying a bag or means to pick up after their dog were given a verbal warning, but from this month onwards, they will instantly be fined £100.

The “problem areas” that are being actively patrolled by the enforcement areas include:

Eastfield Avenue, Great Coates, Station Road, New Waltham cycle track to Peaks Parkway, Fuller Street Bridge, North Promenade Beach Wall, Cleethorpes Country Park, Grant Thorold Park, Weelsby Woods, Wybers Estate, Sussex Park, Cleethorpes Boating Lake, Cleethorpes Leisure Centre and outdoor paddling pool, Patrick Street underpass, Scartho Road Cemetery, Cleveland Bridge, Humberston Fitties, Buck Beck Car Park, Humberstone Road, Harrington Street, Park Street, Second Avenue, Broadway, and the sand bank behind Meridian Point.

Councillor Ron Shepherd said: “Most dog owners take responsibility for their pets, unfortunately a careless few choose not to. I’m grateful to those who contacted us to let us know about areas where dog fouling is a problem.

“Our officers need a lot of information to help identify irresponsible dog owners. If you are reporting dog fouling to us, please include details such as the time and place it is happening along with descriptions of the dog and its owner.

“Sharing information with us helps to target patrols at the right time and in the right location.”

Cllr Shepherd added that from the start of April to the end of May, officers “fined five dog walkers £100 for not picking up after their pets or letting them off the lead in the cemetery”.

Another 328 people received fines for walking their dogs on the main beach in Cleethorpes.

He said: “Most people want the streets, the beach and parks and open spaces to be clean and tidy. Each year, we spend about £1.5 million keeping the area clean. If you choose to mess up the place with litter and dog dirt, we will fine you.”

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