Great Yarmouth has a new weapon in the battle against dog poo: parking wardens.

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The wardens will still watch out for cars parked on double yellows and overstaying their pay and display tickets, but now also have the power to fine dog owners.

Under the new system, wardens will slap people with fixed penalty notices of up to £80 if they are spotted failing to clean up after their pet.

Four civil enforcement officers have been authorised so far, with all 12 permanent officers expected to be trained over the coming months.

Their main focus will remain on parking enforcement, but the extra eyes and ears will help the borough’s three environmental rangers to catch nuisance dog owners.

Trevor Wainwright, leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, said: “Dog fouling is no better or worse in the Great Yarmouth borough than elsewhere in Norfolk, but we want to do our best to eradicate the problem.

“The borough has a zero-tolerance approach to dog fouling.

“The act of not clearing up after a dog is not only an offence but anti-social and potentially hazardous – especially to young children as it can cause blindness through toxocariasis if it comes into contact with their eyes.

“The borough council’s environmental rangers work hard to educate dog owners, and to tackle the worst offenders, but they cannot always be there at the right time to gather evidence.

“And the civil enforcement officers already carry out enforcement patrols, so it makes sense to extend their powers, at no extra cost to taxpayers, to increase the chances of catching offenders in the act.

“Most dog owners are responsible, but the environmental rangers would like to hear from any residents who see individuals breaking the law.”

The borough council’s three environmental rangers investigate reports of dog fouling by specific individuals or in specific locations.

To assist this more targeted work, the rangers are appealing to residents to report individuals they see breaking the law, providing as much information as possible, such as the description of the dog and person walking it, where and when the animal is walked, and the location, date and time of the incident.

The whole of the borough is covered by the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996.

This means that those who fail to clear up after their dogs can incur a fine of up to £1,000 in the courts, or a fixed penalty notice of £80, reduced to £60 if paid within 10 days.

Anyone with any information that may help the borough council identify those responsible is asked to call the environmental rangers on 01493 846478.

8 comments

  • “And the civil enforcement officers already carry out enforcement patrols,". Do they ?. They havent stopped two certain cars parking dangerously on a corner on Mill Lane in Bradwell, have they ?. Try coming to Bradwell (in the evenings and nighttime) now and again, instead of just Yarmouth.

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    "V"

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Excellent news. I hope that the wardens are zealous in their quest so that the irresponsible yet often arrogant dog owners finally get the message.

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    wes1975

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • These traffic wardens do not have the authority to issue fines due to these issues, so ignore them and tell them where to go

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    Curryking

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • This is good news, maybe the day will come when I don't have to walk around dog poo on the pavements every day. Perhaps we can also have beach wardens to catch the owners who let their dogs foul on the beach and the dunes. However, where were these wardens yesterday when I saw 3 cars parked on yellow lines in King Street, one behind the other.

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    Spooky

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Spooky...you will find them on the Market teastalls most of the day.

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    greenmanwalking

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • The logic here seems to be that dog walkers actually exercise their dogs where there are parking restrictions. So what happens in places like Gorleston's upper and lower promenades which seems to be swimming in the brown smelly stuff?

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    Toxic23

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Last week my wife and I walked along the Great Yarmouth promenade next to the Water Ways. There were 2 horses and 1 pony standing on the promenade by the tea stall. There were plenty of horse poo laying on the ground, which we had to walk around. We walked there again today, Saturday 18th January, and there is still some there. Are these horse owners responsible in clearing up their horses mess, just like the dog owners?

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    Skippo

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • What an absolute waste of time and money. These wardens in their present job only seem to go for the easy targets, they do not like confrontation. A prime example of this is the loading bay near McDonalds. There are people in there all day filling their faces in a double yellow lined area and also marked as a loading bay. But instead the wardens give tickets out to delivery vans on legitimate buisiness.

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    DukDad

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

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