The Town Council is looking to looking for help from local residents in the fight to stop dog fouling in the village and has joined forces with Cheshire East Council Dog Wardens, Environmental Health and local Police to keep Poynton’s streets and open spaces clean and safe.
Poynton Town Council Policy on dog fouling
Poynton Town Council regards dog fouling as anti-social and views dog owners who fail to pick up their dog’s waste as displaying a disregard for other people, public health and the environment. The Council aims to change public attitudes towards dog fouling and establish a zero tolerance in people's minds. It is hoped that a shift in attitude will encourage more dog owners to pick up after their pets.
The Council has stencils and temporary coloured spray to allow “No Dog Fouling” notices to be sprayed on lampposts and pavements at local hot spots. It is hoped that these notices will make offenders think about their actions. The spray lasts for about two months before disappearing.
Cheshire East Wardens get tough on Poynton dog fouling offenders
Wardens from Cheshire East Council have recently issued a number of Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) to irresponsible dog owners around the village. The offenders were caught not tidying up their dog’s waste and will face a minimum £50 fine and a maximum £1,000 fine for non-payment. The Town Council is identifying local hotspots in the area and the Wardens and Police will be targeting these areas to issue more FPN’s. Please bin it and bag it for the sake of all.
We are encouraging members of the public to report regular offenders who do not pick up after their dogs or do not dispose of the waste responsibly. This can be done by contacting:
When reporting repeat offenders, it is vital to provide the following information:
- Time, date and location of the offence.
- Name and address of the offender (if known)
- Description of dog or owner.
- Registration number of the offenders vehicle (if appropriate)
If a member of the public provides sufficient information to proceed then a Fixed Penalty Notice can also be issued retrospectively.
The Town Council will be placing posters in local dog fouling hotspots using a direct, factual approach to shame and embarrass offenders and to encourage reporting. If you are aware of an area that has particular dog fouling issues, please report it to the Town Council on 01625 872238, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or with the Contact Form HERE.
Disposing of dog waste
The safest and simplest way to dispose of dog waste is to collect it in a dog poo bag and either take it home or place it in a bin. Dog poo bags can be put in any standard litter bins (like the one on the right), not just specific dog waste bins.
If you would like a dog waste bin installed in a specific area, contact the Cheshire East Dog Wardens who will survey the area and, if appropriate, recommend a new bin. Contact them on 0300 123 5021 or at email@example.com
Clearing up dog waste
The clearing of dog waste from open spaces falls under the remit of Cheshire East Council Streetscape Team. They can be contacted on 0300 123 5011, emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or a report can be submitted on-line at: http://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/environment/street_cleansing_and_litter/street_cleansing_and_litter.aspx.
The legal position
Failure to clear up after a dog is an offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 1995 and The Dog (Fouling of Land) Act 1996. Offenders caught in Poynton can be issued with a £75 Fixed Penalty Notice (with a £25 reduction for early payment). Non-payment may be referred for consideration for prosecution. If prosecuted and found guilty, the maximum fine is £1,000.
People who bag the mess but do not dispose of it properly e.g. by placing bagged faeces in hedges or trees, can be fined up to £2,500 in court for the offence of littering. The law states that being unaware that a dog has fouled or not having a suitable means of disposing of the waste are not acceptable defences.
Poynton Town Council Officers, Cheshire East Dog Wardens, Police Officers and Police Community Support Officers are all authorised to issue Fixed Penalty Notices.
Health risks – Toxocariasis
Dog faeces poses a significant health risk to humans, particularly young children whose immune systems are not fully developed. All faeces contain bacteria that can cause stomach upsets, but the greatest risk is from toxocariasis which can result in blindness in small children.
Toxocara is a species of roundworm and the eggs can remain a danger for up to four years after the faeces have disappeared. The sticky shell of the eggs means they adhere easily to fingers or clothing and approximately 100 new cases of Toxocariasis are diagnosed each year.
Once swallowed, Toxocara eggs release larvae into the intestine. These larvae travel through the body until they die, which may take several years. The symptoms of this disease are extremely unpleasant and it is difficult to treat. If the larvae reach the eyes, they can cause sight problems and in some cases blindness.
Such is the Council’s commitment to tackle this problem that initiatives such as the use of CCTV, DNA testing and fluorescent spray are all being considered.