Council considers dog mess penalty hike

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Chesterfield Borough Council are clamping down on dog fouling by proposing a fine increase for offenders.

They have agreed to consult on adopting a ‘dog control order’ that will give the Council increased legal powers to deal with dog fouling.

The order proposes to increase the current fixed penalty for dog fouling from £50 to £80 for first-time offenders.

It also recommends that the fixed penalty for the current order regulating fouling in the cemeteries and crematorium grounds be increased from £50 to £80 at the same time. Offenders may be prosecuted in the Magistrates Court and the maximum penalty remains unchanged at £1,000

Chris Ludlow, Executive Member for Environment says “We recognise that anti-social dog owners cause a lot of upset in the community. We want to send a strong message that we will not tolerate irresponsible dog ownership and believe the failure to remove dog fouling justifies a higher penalty than for littering.”

Russell Sinclair, Service Manager adds: “Another advantage of adopting the new Order is it brings dog fouling in line with litter by enabling us to also prosecute offenders for failing to give us their correct details or providing false information. We have a good track record of bringing all offenders to court if they do not pay a fixed penalty or cause obstruction to Council officers.”

The consultation runs until 17th August and if authorised by the Council’s Cabinet the Dog Control Order will be adopted no later than November this year.

Further information about the proposals can be found on the website:www.chesterfield.gov.uk/dogcontrolorder and at the Town Hall during normal opening hours. Any representations regarding the proposed Order must be sent to the Council in writing by 17th August 2012 and addressed to: Russell Sinclair, Chesterfield Borough Council, Environment, Town Hall, Rose Hill, Chesterfield S40 1LP or by email to: street.scene@chesterfield.gov.uk