Council Makes First Order to Protect Public Spaces

West Lindsey District Council has made its first Public Space Protection Order to clamp down on dog fouling in the District.

Following six weeks of public consultation, the council’s Licencing and Regulatory Committee agreed to make the Public Space Protection Order at a meeting on Thursday, 27th April. The order will come in to force on Mondauy, 5th June 2017 and will affect all land within the district of West Lindsey to which the public have a right or entitlement of access.

It requires those in control of a dog to pick up faeces and dispose of them properly. Failure to do so can result in a £75 fixed penalty notice, prosecution, or other formal action. Giles McNeill, Conservative Councillor for the Nettleham Ward commented:

“Most dog walkers take their responsibilities seriously, but a few think it is acceptable to leave dog mess in public areas. It is our intention that this order will remind dog walkers that picking up is not optional, and that if we catch you, the council is prepared to take formal action.”

The council is keen to engage the public to help them to tackle the issue, to allow us to target resources in key areas. The council also wants to remind dog walkers that general litter bins and black wheeled bins can be used to deposit properly bagged dog waste, as well as dedicated red dog waste bins. For this to be successful we need the public help us:

  • If you witness an offence, can identify the offender and are willing to give us a statement which may be used in court, we can issue a fixed penalty notice
  • If you are aware of someone not picking up after their dog on a regular basis, and can give us the location and rough timings of the offending, we can consider providing a presence in the area at the time suggested to try to catch offenders
  • Reports can be made by using our online reporting form. Please give as much information as possible to enable us to take action. Details of those making reports will not be disclosed without permission.

Cllr. McNeill added:

“This order is just one step to target environmental offences and improve public areas as part of a new enviromental crime strategy, by engaging the public to assist us in identifying hot spots, and targeting our resources. By working together with our communities we can improve and maintain our public spaces for the benefit of all.”