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Getting to grips with messy issue

Inconsiderate Derbyshire Dales dog owners who don't get to grips with a messy problem could soon be facing a £75 on-the-spot fine.

We're currently asking you for your views as we draws up new policies to crack down on people who don't clean up after their dogs.

Dog foulingNew Public Space Protection Orders (previously Dog Control Orders to tackle irresponsible dog owners will be activated early next year - and views are currently being sought online.

Local people are being asked if they support the £75 penalty for fixed penalty notices and if they think dog owners should be responsible for picking up and properly disposing of dog faeces deposited by their dogs.

Local people can also have their say on a suggestion to increase areas where dogs can be excluded or must be kept on a lead in places such as recreation grounds, cemeteries and churchyards, or children's play areas.

Another proposal is that dogs must be put on a lead if directed to do so by an authorised officer from the District Council.

A District Council spokesperson said:

"Dog fouling complaints have doubled in recent years - and it's an expensive business cleaning up after inconsiderate dog owners.

"We spend £830,000 on street cleaning every year - and this includes the cost of emptying 350 dog waste bins across the Dales. Increased enforcement of littering and dog fouling in children's play areas is a big concern in the surveys we carry out - and now we want local residents' views on our plans to bring in fixed penalty notices to tackle offenders."

A paper version of the dog survey is also available from the District Council's reception desk at Matlock Town Hall and its leisure centres in Ashbourne, Bakewell, Matlock and Wirksworth.

  • District Council clean and green teams aim to empty dog bins three times a week in town centres and twice a week in outlying areas. Dog poo can also be placed in a bag and put in a regular litter bin if dog bins become full, or disposed of in your domestic waste bin at home. Any problems can be reported online.

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