Getting tough on ‘foul’ residents
A team of Council Officers are tackling dog fouling and littering in the City through targeted campaigns aimed at making people pick up their litter or their dogs faeces.
Based on information from residents about particular hotspots, officers will be in Barton and Tredworth this week to raise awareness littering and cleaning up dog mess costs the Council each year. Those caught littering or failing to clear up after their dog may be issued with a fixed-penalty notice of £75.
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Officers from the City Council will also be visiting local primary schools to talk to children about the consequences of litter and dog fouling, as well as talking to dog owners about their responsibilities.
Jennie Dallimore, Cabinet Member for the Communities and Neighborhoods said: "We know this is an important issue for residents and visitors to the City. Ensuring our streets, parks and open spaces are clear of dog excrement and litter is high on the council's lists of priorities.
"Our Overview and Scrutiny committee has looked at this unpleasant issue and made a number of recommendations involving our officers and local communities taking positive preventative and enforcement action.
"Keeping the streets clean costs the City Council around £1million each year. In times where we all need to be making savings we hope encouraging people to clean up after their dogs and not drop litter will help to reduce these costs."
One local resident has already begun to tackle this problem. Simon Limbrick, of Stratton Road, already tries to ensure he has extra dog bags on hand for those that need them.
"To be fair, it is only the minority of people who cause these problems. I always try to have an adequate supply of pooh bags on me for those that need them."
Officers will be trialing a new way of informing residents of the fixed penalties for littering in the city by painting temporary anti- litter messages on the pavements.
The special paint will last between three and six months before washing away. If this campaign is successful it will be rolled out across the City.