The Conservative administration at North Norfolk District Council has failed to tackle dog fouling in North Norfolk, the local Labour Party has claimed.
No fixed penalty notices have been issued in the district in the last four years since 2010/11 when eight notices were served in Sheringham, Northrepps, Cromer, and North Walsham. These eight fixed penalty £80 notices, and one court conviction, amount to the sum total of enforcement the District Council has taken since 2008.
The findings were revealed in response to a Freedom of Information request by North Norfolk Labour Party, who claims the administration at the council has failed to tackle the growing problem across our district.
In 2014 North Norfolk District Council claimed it would undergo a new series of measures to “clampdown” on dog fouling in the district with a series of new wardens to report irresponsible dog owners. However despite the money investing in publicity it appears to have resulted in no prosecutions.
In the past six months concerns have been raised across North Norfolk about an increase in dog fouling in towns and villages including North Walsham, Stalham, and Southrepps, where David Spencer has helped manage the common. He wants to see the District Council ensure there are more dog bins in our towns and parishes.
David Spencer, Labour’s representative for the North Walsham area, said: “Dog fouling is a big problem locally and across North Norfolk. Whether it is on Southrepps common – a site of special interest – or even down by the primary school in North Walsham where parents and children walk daily. As well as being unpleasant, it can cause health issues too, especially with children.
The District Council has been soft on tackling this issue, and they have not managed to tackle the root cause. Last year’s drive for people to report dog owners appears to have resulted in no direct action.
This lack of prosecutions sends out the wrong message, and for the small minority of owners who let this happen they will think they can continue to get away with it.
The district once won an award for being one of the cleanest in the country – we are not going to win that award again unless this issue is tackled with a tougher stance. We need more effective measures – more bins, more fines, and the council following up residents’ complaints.”
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