CHARD NEWS: Problems with people failing to clear up dog poo is on the increase in town centre

CHARD NEWS: Problems with people failing to clear up dog poo is on the increase in town centre

AN INCREASING problem of people failing to pick up the mess left behind by their dogs on town centre streets is being reported in Chard.

Recent reports have indicated a growing problem of dog mess in the Fore Street and High Street area and Chard Town Council is looking to see what can be done.

The council’s outdoor service manager, Steve Saunders, said in a report that an extra dog waste bin might help the situation.

“The number, location and suitability of waste and dog litter bins around the town is also being examined,” he added.

The problem of dog mess on street pavements is nothing new and despite repeated requests, appeals and even people being fined by South Somerset District Council the headache continues.

A district council spokesman said: “Dog fouling is a major concern to many people, not just because of the mess it causes but because it can also be linked to health risks including toxocara canis.

“Our dog wardens carry out a range of duties to prevent and reduce dog fouling in public areas. These duties include the routine patrols of parks and open spaces, presentations to schools and the issuing of fixed penalty notices to dog owners who fail to clean up the mess left after their dog.”

If anyone is aware of specific individuals who allow their dog to foul and then fail to clear up – please report it on this link - https://www.southsomerset.gov.uk/indigo.aspx?caseServiceID=453570 .

The matter of dog fouling is expected to be discussed by Chard Town Council’s Guildhall and amenities committee on Monday (February 5, 2018).

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