22 April 2009

Dog Fouling Stencils - The Official Answer

I have received the following comprehensive reply concerning the use of dog stencils to control dog fouling:-

"The graffiti team are instructed to apply stencils in areas that are not directly intrusive to individual properties, i.e. corners of the affected street or at locations in-between properties, next to lampposts and pillar boxes. They have been instructed not to apply stencils directly outside the gates of properties. Following a number of complaints from residents in Tyrwhitt Road regarding excessive dog fouling in the area, we carried out stencilling in this location.

As stencils are not permanent and only put down on a request basis, we have in general had very few complaints as to their use, especially if compared to the number of requests although the graffiti team have removed stencils in the past if a resident has felt they are intrusive.

With regards to the effectiveness of stencilling we will continue to use them and although we do not have any current data, we did see a drop in dog fouling following their introduction 9 years ago. This year we will be monitoring the levels of dog fouling in order that we can assess the effectiveness of the Dog Control Orders when they come into force.

In terms of new enforcement powers, these come under under the Clean Neighbourhood and Environment Act once we have officially adopted the borough wide Dog Control Order. Anyone who commits an offence under any of the provisions of the Dog Control Order may be liable on conviction in the Magistrates Court to a fine of up to £1,000. The Council will issue £75 Fixed Penalty Notices for Dog Control offences, including dog fouling and anyone who fails to pay a Fixed Penalty Notice may be prosecuted. The parks contractor and street wardens have been identified as officers that can deal with low level anti-social behaviour and will work alongside Environmental Enforcement Officers who are currently authorised to issue Fixed Penalty Notices. Section 62 extends the same powers to Police Community Support Officers and other persons accredited by Chief Police Officers under the Police Reform Act 2002."

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