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Update on Dog Fouling

Alert message sent 20/02/2020 15:19:00

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Citizen

Following concerns from local residents in the Chester West/Avenues area, contact has been made with Durham County Council Clean and Green team to investigate complaints on dog fouling around the grassed areas between Fifth, Sixth and Tenth Avenues, although this issue is not limited to this area, other locations will be looked at in due course.

The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 brought in Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs). From consultation, over 80 per cent of people supported the Order, positively agreeing it would:

help create safe and welcoming play areas

reduce the number of stray dogs

enable authorised staff to request dogs are put on leads when necessary

tackle dog fouling issues

What does the PSPO mean for dog owners?

It is an offence in County Durham if you:

allow a dog to foul without picking it up (already an offence and continues under the PSPO)

allow a dog to stray (ie allow a dog to wander/roam loose/exercise without a responsible owner)

fail to put a dog on a lead when asked to do so by an authorised person (council staff, neighbourhood warden or Durham Constabulary police officer)

allow dogs in designated fenced off fixed play areas (ie dogs are not allowed in specified areas where slides, swings and/or climbing equipment is contained by a fence). Fenced off play sites affected by the PSPO will display a sign advising that dogs are not allowed in.

Enforcement/penalties

Neighbourhood wardens, trained council staff and Durham Constabulary will have the power to issue a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) of £100 for breaching any aspect of the PSPO. The FPN is reduced to £60 if paid within ten working days.
If the FPN is not paid, you will be taken to Court and prosecuted. The maximum fine is £1,000.

By reporting these issues to your council, work can be done to tackle your concerns, if we do not know about it, it’s not happening, I would like to encourage residents to report dog fouling online at http://www.durham.gov.uk/ the more we know about it, the more that can be done.
 
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Brian Donnelly (Police, PCSO, West)

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