SKDC is continuing to work with dog owners to help reduce animal fouling in the district with the help of a new dedicated webpage.
www.southkesteven.gov.uk/dogfouling is now the place to report fouling issues for residents across South Kesteven. The council’s environmental health team is promoting responsible behaviour among owners and publicising the need to pick up mess animals create in public spaces. They have spoken to over 150 individuals in the last six weeks discussing dog fouling, litter and fly-tipping issues and telling them about free dog-poo bags that are available to them.
Hundreds of dog fouling signs are present across the district warning dog owners of their responsibilities to pick up after their animals. Patrols from the team cover all of the district’s towns but also concentrate on rural parts of the district where problems have been reported including Rippingale, Morton, Aslackby, Marston and South Witham.
In Grantham, officers regularly patrol the canal towpath near Earlesfield Lane, Riverside Walk, Berkshire Drive, Sedgewick Meadows, Commercial Road, Fletcher Street and Norton Street.
SKDC staff can issue a fixed penalty of £75 to those who do not comply with the rules, but SKDC’s portfolio holder for healthy environment, Coun John Smith, said this was a last resort.
He said: “The new webpage is an even faster way to report any problems residents encounter with dog fouling in their area. We know most dog owners are very responsible and educate fellow owners about the need to pass on the message on always picking up after your dog. Dog fouling bags are available to pick up free of charge in the council’s customers service centres.
Residents can also report dog fouling by calling SKDC on 01476 40 60 80 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org