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Fixed Penalty Notices issued at Colchester Rugby Club by Zones Teams

Date issued: 8 December 2017

Colchester Borough Council Zone Warden patrols are being stepped up and signage increased, in a bid to deter dog-fouling at Colchester Rugby Club.

Owners allowing their pets to foul on the pitches, walking their dogs off lead or on the rugby pitches face a £100 Fixed Penalty Notice under a Borough-wide Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) introduced last year. A recent increase in dog-fouling on the sports pitches has prompted additional moves to tackle the problem.

Councillor Tina Bourne, Colchester Borough Council's Portfolio Holder for Housing and Communities, said: "Our Zone Wardens do an excellent job enforcing dog fouling and littering, in line with our determination as a council to promote public health, protect the environment and discourage antisocial behaviour.

"I would like to thank responsible dog owners for their continuing support and vigilance. It would be a great shame to follow other councils in considering a ban on dog walking in areas experiencing dog fouling problems, such as at Mile End."

The initiative has resulted in five FPNs being issued during the first week of December, to dog owners not complying with the PSPO while walking their dogs on the Rugby Club ground.