Follow through on dog foul­ing threats

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

IN re­sponse to Pet own­ers bin dog mess signs in Septem­ber 11 is­sue of the Bea­cons­field Ad­ver­tiser on page seven. IN your Septem­ber 11 edi­tion of the Bea­cons­field Ad­ver­tiser, you high­lighted the prob­lem of dog foul­ing and in­vited sug­ges­tions as to how this prob­lem could be re­solved.

I live in Howard Cres­cent, in Seer Green. Howard Cres­cent starts from a branch off Howard Road and re­turns a cou­ple of hun­dred yards fur­ther down Howard Road – a per­fect cir­cuit for dog walk­ers.

We all know that dogs have to per­form, the prob­lem is the owner who doesn’t clear up the mess.

Most morn­ings, around 7.30am to 8.30am, I have wit­nessed a chap strid­ing out with a fairly large dog, off the lead, which stopped to re­lieve it­self, then scam­pered off to catch up with his master.

No at­tempt is made to go back to clear up the of­fen­sive mess.

The grass area in front of my gar­den wall has been the re­cip­i­ent of this be­hav­iour a num­ber of times, in spite of the no­tice given to me by Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil, which I have fixed to the wall, warn­ing of a £1000 fine, which is com­pletely ig­nored.

But how many fines have been im­ple­mented? I sus­pect none.

So my so­lu­tion would be to per­suade Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil to have one of their en­vi­ron­men­tal health of­fi­cers parked in a ve­hi­cle, in Howard Cres­cent, with a cam­era, and to record this be­hav­iour, pros­e­cute and see it through to an ef­fec­tive £1,000 fine.

Make sure that the event is recorded in your pa­per (and the na­tion­als if pos­si­ble) and read­ers with sim­i­lar reck­less and un­rea­son­able habits will hope­fully be re­luc­tant to get caught and in­cur a £1,000 fine.

The mes­sage to CDC is don’t just is­sue no­tices, put in the ex­tra bit of ef­fort, and do some­thing about im­ple­ment­ing the warn­ing.

IAN COOK Howard Cres­cent

Seer Green

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