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We're Watching You - Dog Walkers Face Fixed Penalty Notice for Fouling

Date Published: 30 October 2017

The Council has once again joined the national Keep Britain Tidy (KBT) 'We're Watching You' drive to send a clear message to the thoughtless minority of owners who don't clear up after their dog.

 

Signing up to the campaign is part of Colchester Borough Council's ongoing work to tackle instances of dog fouling, both through education and enforcement.

The hard-hitting We're Watching You campaign posters and bin stickers will be displayed at a number road, alleyway, recreation and sports ground, village and other hotspots identified across the borough.

Colchester Borough Council's Portfolio Holder for Public Safety and Licensing, Councillor Mike Lilley, said: "Dog fouling is a blight on our streets and open spaces being both an unsightly nuisance and a health hazard to anyone coming in to contact with it.  Through increased enforcement and engagement we're letting the few dog owners who cause this problem know that they need to change this antisocial behaviour, whatever time of day, or risk a fine.   

"I encourage the majority of dog owners who do responsibly clean up after their pets, and all other Colchester groups and residents, to report any instance of dog fouling that they witness to the Council."

Between now and early December, additional enforcement patrols by the Community Zone teams will take place from early morning to late evening.  Dog owners will be reminded that any of the borough's more than 1,100 litter and 700 dog waste bins can be used to dispose of dog waste, along with the fortnightly household black bag rubbish collection.  Dog owners seen letting their pet foul will be fined £100 and encouraged to change their behaviour in future.

During the campaign, the Zone Teams will be engaging with community groups, encouraging them to be extra pairs of eyes reporting instances of dog fouling.

There are 2 events to help tackle dog fouling in problem areas:

9 November - Colchester Rugby Club: Zone Teams will be engaging with dog walkers.

30 October & 3 November - Gosbecks Archeological Park: From 11.00 - 14.00 - Zone Teams, plus Dog Warden and Bill Gibson (Dog Behaviourist from Connor's Legacy) will be in attendance to educate dog owners and provide free microchipping and giving out free dog waste bag dispensers.

More information about tackling dog fouling is available at www.colchester.gov.uk

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