New approach to clean up dog dirt

Bassetlaw District Council (BDC) launched an Anti-Dog Fouling Campaign on Wednesday, spray painting anti dog fouling messages on pavements owned by BDC starting at Langold Country Park. At the launch was Hooch the Pooch and Julie Leigh, portfolio holder environment and leisure
Bassetlaw District Council (BDC) launched an Anti-Dog Fouling Campaign on Wednesday, spray painting anti dog fouling messages on pavements owned by BDC starting at Langold Country Park. At the launch was Hooch the Pooch and Julie Leigh, portfolio holder environment and leisure

Fly tipping and dog fouling are the subject of a fresh crackdown by environmental health officers in Bassetlaw after several nasty incidents.

A dog owner was recently fined £50 when he failed to clean up after his animal in Harworth.

The fixed penalty notice was issued after two members of Bassetlaw Council’s environmental health team saw the dog fouling on a grass verge along Blyth Road in Harworth, near the Weighbridge entrance.

The officers approached the owner after he walked away without clearing up the mess. He became abusive and was told he would be fined for the offence.

Then when staff began to take photos of the site for evidence, the offender returned to pick up the mess.

But a penalty notice was still issued after the incident and it was paid within a week.

If the dog owner had failed to pay, it could have led to court action and a maximum fine of £1,000.

Coun Julie Leigh, portfolio holder for environment and leisure at Bassetlaw Council, said: “When the council has evidence of irresponsible dog ownership, fixed penalty notices will be issued and offenders will be prosecuted if they fail to pay the fine.”

She encouraged people to report dog fouling offenders to the council, providing details of the times, locations and descriptions of the owner and pet.

“We will follow this information up and continue to hold irresponsible dog owners to account,” added Coun Leigh.

Elsewhere, a local beauty spot has recently been blighted by careless environmental crime.

Fly-tipped waste was found in Clumber Park by an off-duty member of Bassetlaw Council’s environmental health team.

They had been walking in the area and called their discovery through to the council.

Packaging and delivery notes among the rubbish were used to trace the culprit to an address on Hardwick Road East in Worksop.

It was discovered that the waste had been thrown from a car and a woman was subsequently fined £55.

Coun Julie Leigh, portfolio holder for environment and leisure at Bassetlaw Council said: “The Council are determined to do everything we can to combat fly-tipping which is caused by a few socially irresponsible people.”

“There is no excuse, especially when there are so many easy ways to dispose of waste.”

“I would urge anyone who sees cases of fly-tipping to report it.”