Junior Warden campaign leads to dog fouling fine
Pupils from Bream C of E Primary School have been helping to eradicate dog fouling from pavements and roads in their village.
On an estate walkabout led by the District Council Street Wardens, the Junior Wardens identified a large number of dog faeces in the area of Brockhollands Road, High Beech Road and Ryelands Road and this prompted action by the pupils to raise awareness of the issue.
Roadside signage was erected and the junior wardens increased their patrols of the worst affected areas in the village. The areas on the roads and pavements where dog fouling took place were sprayed with semi-permanent spray paint to highlight the scale of the problem.
The campaign also included a joint social media appeal by the District Council and Cllr Richard Leppington.
As a result of the action a Fixed Penalty Notice was issued to a resident for allowing their dog to foul and then failing to remove the waste at Brockhollands Road, Bream.
Julie Burlow, Two Rivers Housing’s Community Engagement Team Leader, “I am thrilled that the public has embraced the efforts made by schools and partner agencies to improve their local area. The Junior Wardens have been very visible and the scheme has really helped to raise awareness of littering issues and the anti-social impact of dog fouling. It has clearly given residents the confidence to report matters that spoil their enjoyment of where they live.”
Councillor Richard Leppington said: “Thanks to the positive action of the pupils of Bream Primary School and information supplied by people living in the area, a local resident was identified and admitted the offence. As a result a District Council Street Warden has issued him with a £80 Fixed Penalty Notice.”
Councillor Paul Hiett, Cabinet Member for Communities and Community Safety added: “I would personally like to thank the Bream C of E Primary School Junior Wardens for leading the campaign to help raise awareness of the dog fouling issues in Bream. This campaign is an example of residents working together to combat the anti-social behaviour of irresponsible dog owners in the village.”
Cllr Hiett continued: “If members of the public witness a dog owner failing to clear up after their dog has fouled and are willing to provide a witness statement, we encourage them to report it to the Street Wardens by calling 01594 810000. The Council will then follow up the reports and where there is sufficient evidence of individuals allowing their dog to foul in a public place and failure to clear it up, a Street Warden will issue a fixed penalty fine of £80.00, which could result in prosecution in a Magistrates Court if the person fails to pay.”
The Junior Wardens scheme was launched in 2014 by Two Rivers Housing, in conjunction with the council’s Street Wardens, Gloucestershire Constabulary and local primary schools. It was designed to make Year Five and Six schoolchildren aware of the issues that can spoil the area where they live, and to encourage them to take pride in their environment. There are currently six schools signed up to the scheme, the most recent being Bream C of E Primary School who joined in April.
The Fouling of Land by Dogs Forest of Dean Order 2009, makes it an offence for a person to fail to remove faeces, deposited by a dog that he or she is responsible for, on any land within the district which is open to the air and to which the public are entitled or permitted to have access, including footpaths, roads and verges, green spaces, pathways, sports fields and recreation grounds.
If you allow your dog to foul in a public place and fail to pick it up you may be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice by a Street Warden, resulting in a fine of £80.
The District Council carries out the following proactive measures to combat dog fouling in our district:
- The Street Warden Team works with local residents, community groups and schools (including school visits) to try to eradicate the problem of dog fouling caused by irresponsible dog owners.
- The Street Wardens spray stencils in dog fouling hotspots to highlight the scale of the problem as requested by residents or parish councils.
- We ask our Paws on Patrol members to be vigilant and report back to us if they witness dog fouling and failure to remove the waste in a public place.
- Information about dog fouling is available on our website and the page includes an option to report dog fouling incidents.