Most dog walkers are responsible and clean up after their dogs. However, there are some who don’t do this and we all know how unpleasant it is to step into dog poop on a footpath or playing field.
South Norfolk District Council has recently passed a public space protection order that requires people in control of dogs to clean up after them and to restrict dogs from enclosed children’s play areas. There is a fixed penalty of £100 for breaching this public space protection order.
Alpington with Yelverton Parish Council has always taken the issue of dog fouling seriously and provides plenty of dog waste bins around the Parish. This costs a good deal of money, as not only does the Parish Council have to buy the bins, it also has to pay for the emptying of them. The cost for emptying and the dog waste bins this year was over £760.
The Parish Council has also erected numerous signs encouraging dog walkers to “bag it and bin it”, including some colourful ones designed last year by children from Alpington and Bergh Apton C of E VA Primary School.
So, as the signs say, if your dog pooped please pick it up, bag it and most importantly bin it either in one of the dog waste bins or your own waste bin at home.