Bid to draft police into battle against dog poo in Great Yarmouth

A warning to dog owners about clearing up your dogs mess in St Georges Park.
Issued by Great Yarmouth Borough Council.

Picture: James Bass

A warning to dog owners about clearing up your dogs mess in St Georges Park. Issued by Great Yarmouth Borough Council. Picture: James Bass

Saturday, March 22, 2014
12:27 PM

Police officers could be drafted in to help in the battle against dog fouling in Great Yarmouth. Parking wardens have already been given the power to issue on the spot fines to irresponsible owners, but town hall leaders are now hoping to expand their crackdown team by bringing PCSOs on board.

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The borough council is keen to talk to police chiefs about giving community officers additional powers, as dog fouling continues to be a problem in the town.

Council leader Trevor Wainwright outlined the bid at an any-questions-answered session last week.

He, along with other cabinet members, were grilled about what the council was doing to crackdown on nuisance dog owners, after the roblem was raised as an ongoing concern by residents.

Mr Wainwright said: “We have a zero-tolerence policy and we can issue on the spot fines.

“We’re looking to talk to the police so PCSOs can carry out this function, they do it elsewhere in the country.

“The majority of people with dogs do the right thing, it’s a very small minority and unfortunately that drags the town down. It’s a problem and unfortunately it’s ongoing but we’re determined to address it as much as we can.”

Parking wardens were given the power to issue on the spot fines of up to £80 in January, to bolster the borough’s three environmental rangers.

But residents at the Question Time-style meeting thought more could be done and suggested that the council put up “large, strongly worded sings” to discourage problem owners, and include warnings over dog fouling on its council tax bills.

Val Pettit, cabinet member for environment, took the suggestions on board and said: “I agree with the signage and I’m sure we can get something done. And I don’t see why we can’t add it to our literature and bills every year.”

Others topics raised at the meeting included; the borough’s response to the December 5 tidal surge, car parking in Nursery Terrace, toilet block opening times and council funding.

18 comments

  • Why can't those on community service be drafted in to clean up this mess

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    hope

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • Would be very interesting to find out how many fines the parking wardens have handed out since January. See if handing out a fine to a disgruntled dog owner is as popular as sticking a ticket under an unmanned windscreen wiper.

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    DaveG

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • The trick is issue a quick series of hefty fines then these dog owner types will get the message.

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    Z:)

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • "Spooky" Thankfully I don't have a dog at all..

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    Footyboy16

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • So Footyboy16, how many dogs do you have that you don't clear up after then.

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    Spooky

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Should be good when Norfolk Police start following horse riders when the horses start leaving piles of horse poo in the road. dog poo is a drop in the ocean compared to big pile of horse poo... and yes I know horse poo is made of totally different things to dog poo but at the end of the day it is still POO !! so until horse riders pick up their poo then etc etc etc etc ...

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    Footyboy16

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • At least it would give PCSO's something useful to do!

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    Norfolk John

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Agree totally footyboy completely different things as youd know if you had roses. At least the PCSOs have something to do at weekends now.

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    ''V''

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • On the spot fines of £500 may work. Would also help pay for the people who have to clean up after inconsiderate dog owners.

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    Mr T

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • National disgrace. Zero tolerance. Draconian measures.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • All dogs should be on a lead in public places , I watched a dog eating a pile of vomit on the riverside walk in Norwich, it's owner called it over and it licked her face and mouth

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    blister

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • No good asking the police to do anything. They wont even do anything about the illegal parking by two certain cars on Mill Lane in Bradwell. And they have just got an increase in funding through council tax, and for what ? Disgusting

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    "V"

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • Lol...Mad Brewer we can see where your politics lay....Id say slightly to the right ot Ghengis Khan... :-) V - unfortunately illegal parking is no longer the remit of the Police. Local Councils look after it unless the illegally parked car is blocking the highway. Oh, and the headline and first paragraph were misleading - "Police officers could be drafted in to help in the battle against dog fouling in Great Yarmouth. " Err, PCSOs are NOT police officers. They are civilian support staff and are as toothless as a new born baby....

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    Tootyfrooty

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • Considering the amount of dog poo around the streets, I hope the council is putting up these signs along them as well, my house is between a back alley and a pavement which has dog poo along it, we have to watch where we are going or we would tread in the stuff. One of the worst streets I've seen for the poo is Victoria Road, between the old Trafalgar Pub and Alexandra Pub. Another lot was along the pavement in Alma Road as you head towards the Trafalgar Pub. It certainly isn't getting better in the streets and alleyways that's for sure.

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    Spooky

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Another way to tackle the problem would be the quick crafty camera phone photo. A website to post the photos, help from other people to ID them plus their address. Other info about timelocation would help get WardensPCSO to the locations at the right time. Because as we know its the same people at the same location. You might notice I don't mention dogs - as this is a people problem.

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    Tony

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Having taken my next-door-neighbour to a hospital appointment in Cromer, I had time to kill, so went for a stroll. The fashion there seems to be to `clear up` the filth into plastic bags then tuck it inside somebody`s front gate, or close by walls. Even worse is when these bags of disease are to be seen in hedgerows, or dangling from the branches of trees. It`s time for draconian measures. 1st offence: Maximum fine. 2nd offence: dog put down. If the owner is then banned from owning another dog, that should be `job done` if you`ll pardon the expression. Should the offending ex-owner reoffend by getting another poo machine, then the owner and the dog should both be put down. Enough is enough. It`s a National disgrace. `Those on Community service` could be drafted in as the executioners.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • The problem with all these laws, whether dog fouling or illegal pavement parking, is the complete lack of enforcement to act as a deterrent. So the poster should say - Maximum fine for non-compliance £1000, more likely £80, chances of getting caught 0.00001%. I'd like to see how many fines have been issued relative to the scale of the problem.

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    DocScott

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • I believe this is depositing litter, which is already a fixed penalty that police and PCSOs can issue, so why aren't they doing it!?

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    DJ

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

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