Coun­cil to con­sult the pub­lic over plans to tackle dog foul­ing

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views -

A PUB­LIC con­sul­ta­tion has been launched in Brid­gend over plans to tackle dog foul­ing.

Brid­gend County Bor­ough Coun­cil is look­ing at mak­ing a Pub­lic Spa­ces Pro­tec­tion Order (PSPO) on all pub­lic places in the county.

The order would mean new rules for any­one in charge of a dog.

Fail­ing to re­move dog poo from a pub­lic place would re­sult in a £100 fine and be a crim­i­nal of­fence.

Fail­ing to carry poo bags or an­other suitable means of re­mov­ing the fae­ces for “proper disposal” would also re­sult in a £100 fine and be a crim­i­nal of­fence.

And fail­ing to put your dog on a lead when di­rected to do so by an au­thor- ised of­fi­cer of the coun­cil would sim­i­larly re­sult in a £100 fine and be a crim­i­nal of­fence.

BCBC said it would be in­tro­duc­ing dog bag dis­pens­ing units in pop­u­lar dog walk­ing ar­eas across the bor­ough.

It stated that proper disposal meant ei­ther in a coun­cil street lit­ter bin, with the householder’s general house­hold waste, or in a suitable com­post ves­sel.

Ac­cord­ing to coun­cil of­fi­cers, an ex­emp­tion might be in­cluded within the order for peo­ple with a dis­abil­ity, adding that the order did not ap­ply to the nor­mal ac­tiv­i­ties of work­ing dogs, such as those used by the emer­gency ser­vices.

BCBC said it wanted to crack down on the “ir­re­spon­si­ble be­hav­iour” of a “small mi­nor­ity of dog own­ers”.

Coun­cil of­fi­cers have pre­vi­ously said dog foul­ing prompts hun­dreds of com­plaints ev­ery year with play­ing fields hav­ing to be checked for dog poo be­fore they can be used.

Dog foul­ing car­ries se­ri­ous health risks - it can lead to tox­o­cari­a­sis in hu­mans which can cause se­ri­ous ill­ness and even blind­ness.

The con­sul­ta­tion ends on Fe­bru­ary 26 with a re­port go­ing be­fore cab­i­net on April 16.

For more de­tails or to com­plete the sur­vey visit brid­gend.gov.uk, call 01656 643664 or visit the civic of­fices in An­gel Street, Brid­gend.

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