A resident reports that of recent, last week or so, there has been a spate of dog fouling in Sutton along Sutton Lane, extending from the bus shelter opposite the green at the mouth of Station Road along towards the speeding sign on Sutton Lane, eastern side of the road. The resident has been clearing up the poo and disposing of it appropriately. If you notice someone walking a dog along along Sutton Lane and not clearing up after their animal please let us know. There is now a team of Enforcement Officers patrolling the District who will be very keen to get involved who have a way of turning piles of dog poo into a deposit of another kind, a £100 contribution to their bottom line. Here’s how it works:
Bassetlaw District Council (BDC) is upping its commitment to making the district a cleaner and safer place to live, work and visit by targeting people who deliberately drop litter and fail to clean up after their dog.
BDC will be taking a firmer approach to littering and dog fouling by introducing Enforcement Officers across the district from August 3rd who have the powers to issue Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) of up to £100 should they witness people littering or failing to clean up after their dog. Should the FPN not be paid, the offender could face prosecution and a potential fine of up to £2,500. DE are not paid by BDC for their services they are allowed to retain the £100 fines that they impose. The more fines the more profitable this becomes so they are likely to be very keen!
Working in partnership with District Enforcement Ltd. (DE) a company that specialises in environmental enforcement and to whom BDC have delegated powers, DE Officers will be patrolling the district, initially in the town centres of Worksop, Retford, Harworth and Tuxford, but also across the rest of the district including more rural areas.
DE Officers will initially look to engage with residents and remind them to put their litter, cigarette butts and dog poo in a bin or take it home with them. They will also enforce offences relating to Public Spaces Protection Orders.
So if you allow your dog to foul along Sutton Lane or indeed anywhere else in the District you stand a fair chance of being stung with a £100 fine. So please clear it up or be forced to pay up!
You can find more information about District Enforcement and the Council’s new policy of issuing Fixed Penalty Notices here.