Published Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Dog owners who don’t pick up after their pooch could risk a fine after Waverley Borough Council’s Full Council approved a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) to combat the foul issue.

The PSPO, which bans dog fouling across the entire borough, will come into effect from 1 January 2019. It means dog owners and dog walkers will need to clean up their dog’s mess and dispose of it appropriately immediately. The order also requires the person walking the dog to have the means to 'pick up', such as dog bags, with them.

Offenders who fail to clear up after their dogs will be issued a Fixed Penalty Notice for a fine of up to £100. Failure to pay this may lead to prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.

Councillor Jenny Else, Portfolio Holder for Health, Wellbeing and Culture, including the borough’s parks and countryside, said: “Dog fouling is one of the most offensive types of litter on our streets and recreational spaces, and we want to get the message across that it is every dog owner’s responsibility to pick up after their dog and put the bagged mess in a bin.

“Part of being a responsible dog owner is cleaning up after them – we’re lucky that a lot of our residents do just that. However, it’s not fair that people have to put up with dog mess left by those few dog owners who don’t care. We think those irresponsible owners should pay the price for cleaning it up.

“We hope the fines will act as a deterrent and send the message that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated in Waverley.

“There is clearly a lot of public support for this order and residents have told us they think something needs to be done to stop the bad behaviour. No one wants our beautiful green spaces to be tainted by dog mess so I’m very pleased the council has got this order in place to deter offenders.”

The dog fouling PSPO will be the first in a series of orders the council is looking to make to help combat various types of anti-social behaviour, including dog control. As part of the process of setting up the PSPO, the council asked for residents’ views on the proposal, with 96% agreeing that dog owners should clear up after their pet immediately.

Bagged mess can be disposed of in any litter bin in parks managed by Waverley Borough Council. If anyone spots an incident of dog fouling they should report it online by visiting: www.waverley.gov.uk/report-it or by calling: 01483 523333.

Notes to editors

The order will last for three years (less one day) from the 1 January. As part of the implementation of the order the council will start with a three month warning period before fines start to be issued.

For further information contact:

Tel: 01483  523296

Web : www.waverley.gov.uk

Email: communications@waverley.gov.uk