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Have your say on plans to stamp out dog fouling

News release 9766, published on 12 Aug 2020
People are being asked to give their views on Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s plans to get tougher on dog owners who don’t clear up after their dog.

The council is proposing to introduce a borough wide public spaces protection order taking a firmer stance on dog fouling in Basingstoke and Deane and is asking people to have their say.

Evidence gained by the council demonstrates that dog fouling in public spaces is a problem across the borough and therefore the council it is putting forward plans for a borough wide Public Spaces Protection Order for dog fouling bringing tougher penalties.

The draft order makes it an offence if people do not clear up after their dog has fouled in a public space and requires they carry with them an appropriate means to pick up their dog poo and transport it to a bin after their pet has fouled. If they do not comply they could receive an on the spot fine of £100 or be prosecuted at the Magistrates’ Court.

Cabinet Member for the Environment and Enforcement Cllr Hayley Eachus said: “The majority of dog owners act responsibly and clear up their pet’s mess but there are a minority that still do not and this lazy and selfish behaviour cannot be condoned. Dog mess is unsightly, it’s dirty and it’s dangerous and we have received feedback from residents where it has been a real issue for those using public open spaces.

“We are asking for people to feed back on our proposal to impose this order across the whole borough bringing a greater consequence to irresponsible owners and giving the council greater powers to enforce.”

People can their say online from Monday 10 August to Friday 18 September at https://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/PSPO-dog-fouling

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