Newport dog mess campaign failing, says councillor, David Fouweather

South Wales Argus: CLEAN-UP DRIVE: XFOR litter enforcement officers at work in Blaenau Gwent CLEAN-UP DRIVE: XFOR litter enforcement officers at work in Blaenau Gwent

A CAMPAIGN to clamp down on Newport pet owners who do not clean up after their pets is failing a city councillor has claimed.

Cllr David Fouweather says the streets are full of dog mess but only 16 £75 fixed penalty notices have been issued in the past nine months.

Of these one person was prosecuted for non-payment and fined £200 and ordered to pay £77.50 court costs, four paid in full and two people are paying in instalments.

The information sent to Cllr Fouweather from Cllr Gail Giles, cabinet member for licensing and statutory functions, said two fixed penalty notices were withdrawn after the owners challenged them and seven were currently with the council’s legal team with a view to prosecute for non-payment.

Cllr Fouweather said: “It was my view from the moment that this policy was announced by the cabinet member that there were not sufficient resources to be able to carry out the enforcement of dog fouling properly.

The issuing of just 16 fixed penalties for a nine-month period proves beyond doubt that this was just a gimmick from this Labour council.” The Allt-yr-Yn councillor has previously claimed the council does not have the resources to police the crime, with two or three dog wardens in the entire city.

Park wardens do not have the power to issue fixed penalty notices and community safety wardens rarely venture into parks, he said.

He believes the only way forward is to employ a private firm such as XFOR, which already works on behalf of Blaenau Gwent and Torfaen councils.

Asked if the authority was considering using such a company Cllr Giles said methods of enforcing the dog fouling and littering laws were under consideration, but no decision has been made.

In August we reported how the council was taking a tougher stance on offenders by fining them, when they would previously have been giving a warning when caught.

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12:18pm Fri 11 Jan 13

ianzemma says...

i would happily do that job for free! sodding dog mess everywhere on risca road, i once had a neighbour who used to let her dog run free in the street and it used to mess on my drive, i asked her 3 times if she'd pick it up, she refused so i picked it up myself and smeared it all over her front door. needless to say it never happened again. there's no excuse for not picking up after your dog.
i would happily do that job for free! sodding dog mess everywhere on risca road, i once had a neighbour who used to let her dog run free in the street and it used to mess on my drive, i asked her 3 times if she'd pick it up, she refused so i picked it up myself and smeared it all over her front door. needless to say it never happened again. there's no excuse for not picking up after your dog. ianzemma
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1:24pm Fri 11 Jan 13

babdie says...

Dog mess in the maindee area of Newport have been a problem for a long time,i feel there should be more street wardens available just to maybe stop dog walkers and advise them of the penalty for not cleaning up after there dogs,i feel the majority of dog owners are responsible owners,but it would show a presence and that the problem is being monitored.
Dog mess in the maindee area of Newport have been a problem for a long time,i feel there should be more street wardens available just to maybe stop dog walkers and advise them of the penalty for not cleaning up after there dogs,i feel the majority of dog owners are responsible owners,but it would show a presence and that the problem is being monitored. babdie
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5:34pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Notebook says...

Cant wait for summer.
Take a leisurely walk from the new sainsburys to caerleon via the new footpath.
The trees along here have been decorated with plastic bags of dogs mess that have been scooped and dumped.
If only they used bio degradable - never mind - will be gone in 100 years or so.
Kimberly park another favorite - fenced in area for the football pitch used as a dog exercise area.

Covering Newport with dog mess - Priceless!!
Cant wait for summer. Take a leisurely walk from the new sainsburys to caerleon via the new footpath. The trees along here have been decorated with plastic bags of dogs mess that have been scooped and dumped. If only they used bio degradable - never mind - will be gone in 100 years or so. Kimberly park another favorite - fenced in area for the football pitch used as a dog exercise area. Covering Newport with dog mess - Priceless!! Notebook
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5:53pm Fri 11 Jan 13

FillA says...

Perhaps the best way forward for some areas, particularly small parks and sportsgrounds, is to utilise CCTV. I've noticed caerleon residential streets getting worse in recent months and it shows the sensible dog owners in a bad light. Don't blame the dogs, it's the thick owners who need to be named and shamed.
Perhaps the best way forward for some areas, particularly small parks and sportsgrounds, is to utilise CCTV. I've noticed caerleon residential streets getting worse in recent months and it shows the sensible dog owners in a bad light. Don't blame the dogs, it's the thick owners who need to be named and shamed. FillA
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5:55pm Fri 11 Jan 13

FillA says...

... And if there are to be patrols, make sure these are people actually walking dogs....
... And if there are to be patrols, make sure these are people actually walking dogs.... FillA
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2:31pm Sun 13 Jan 13

Dolieboy says...

I have contacted Newport city council numerous times about neighbors who allow their dog to foul on the grass as they stand idly by. Have submitted photos, but they say these are inadmissable, as after I had taken them, the culprit could say they cleaned it up. They said that they must be caught in the act by the dog warden.
Maybe I should go dump outside their door and see what happens ?
I have contacted Newport city council numerous times about neighbors who allow their dog to foul on the grass as they stand idly by. Have submitted photos, but they say these are inadmissable, as after I had taken them, the culprit could say they cleaned it up. They said that they must be caught in the act by the dog warden. Maybe I should go dump outside their door and see what happens ? Dolieboy
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