Dog fouling in Calne will risk a £75 fine

This Is Wiltshire: Dog poo has become a issue on Calne recreation ground. Pictured is David Conway 	(TK708) By THOMAS KELSEY Dog poo has become a issue on Calne recreation ground. Pictured is David Conway (TK708) By THOMAS KELSEY

Irresponsible dog owners will be forced to clean up their act once staff at Calne Town Council are trained to issue £75 fines for dog fouling.

Town councillors have agreed to put £1,800 aside for the training after complaints from residents about the state of Calne’s streets and parks.

The training, which could take place next month, will be open to employees at the town council including its groundsmen.

At the moment Wiltshire Council employs two dog wardens to police the entire county, and these are often busy collecting stray dogs and dealing with complaints.

But anyone who has attended and passed an accredited scheme is able to issue fines for dog fouling and the training could see five to six new officers in the town.

Town clerk Linda Roberts said the new officers could be used to tackle problem areas in the town like Castlefields, Newbury Avenue and The Recreation Ground.

She said: “It’s probably one of the biggest complaints we have. Apart from not being very pleasant it’s also a health issue.

“I just hope that if we get the message out, that the town council has the authority to issue fines, that might make people think.

“It’s not about getting income for the fines. It’s about it being a deterrent so that people will see a groundsman and think ‘oh, if I’m doing this, the chances are I could get fined’.

“It’s about improving the problem, by letting people know there are more people out there, and the chances of getting caught in Calne are going to be much higher.”

Any money collected from fines will be used to improve the town centre, such as paying for the flower displays.

The decision has delighted town councillor David Conway, who is chair of the youth team at Calne RFC .

He has complained about mess at the recreation ground and has to walk the pitch to check for dog poo before a match begins.

He said: “There is still a problem at the moment and it’s not going to go away until something is done. It’s a really exciting development.

“Everyone in Calne will be grateful that the town council is doing something.”

He added that the news was the best thing in ages and had made him happy.

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9:41am Sun 9 Mar 14

Grumpy of Calne. says...

£1,800 to train people how to write out a ticket, i take none of the people employed by the council ever bothered to go to school what a total waste of money.
£1,800 to train people how to write out a ticket, i take none of the people employed by the council ever bothered to go to school what a total waste of money. Grumpy of Calne.
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6:19pm Sun 9 Mar 14

number 6 says...

£1,800 could be saved if responsible dog owners clear up after their dogs!
£1,800 could be saved if responsible dog owners clear up after their dogs! number 6
  • Score: 6

6:43pm Sun 9 Mar 14

Linda Lou says...

I hope the money they raise goes towards more dog poo bins,there are lots of areas that do not have any.There are lots of signs reminding people to clean up after their dogs,but no bins anywhere near!
I hope the money they raise goes towards more dog poo bins,there are lots of areas that do not have any.There are lots of signs reminding people to clean up after their dogs,but no bins anywhere near! Linda Lou
  • Score: 2

8:45am Mon 10 Mar 14

well oill beef hooked says...

There are plenty of signs which has been around for years warning people they could face up to £1000 for dog fouling yet its never been forced.I very much doubt this one will either but they have to be seen doing something I guess.
There are plenty of signs which has been around for years warning people they could face up to £1000 for dog fouling yet its never been forced.I very much doubt this one will either but they have to be seen doing something I guess. well oill beef hooked
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1:54pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Old retired bloke says...

Linda Lou wrote:
I hope the money they raise goes towards more dog poo bins,there are lots of areas that do not have any.There are lots of signs reminding people to clean up after their dogs,but no bins anywhere near!
WELL TAKE IT HOME THEN
[quote][p][bold]Linda Lou[/bold] wrote: I hope the money they raise goes towards more dog poo bins,there are lots of areas that do not have any.There are lots of signs reminding people to clean up after their dogs,but no bins anywhere near![/p][/quote]WELL TAKE IT HOME THEN Old retired bloke
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2:08pm Mon 10 Mar 14

kimcrawley says...

It's an interesting idea, however the town council does not employ 6 groundsmen, so who will become the pooh spotters?
Will the spotters be doing this in their spare time or will they be paid for one job whilst doing another?
Do they have to provide photographic proof or just bag up the evidence, somehow the idea of anonymous pooh vigilantes patrolling the streets able to fine people £75 is a little bit sinister.
I can understand the frustration of people using the rec. but the streets should already be covered by existing cleansing routines. Perhaps this is another service that has gone to the dogs.
It's an interesting idea, however the town council does not employ 6 groundsmen, so who will become the pooh spotters? Will the spotters be doing this in their spare time or will they be paid for one job whilst doing another? Do they have to provide photographic proof or just bag up the evidence, somehow the idea of anonymous pooh vigilantes patrolling the streets able to fine people £75 is a little bit sinister. I can understand the frustration of people using the rec. but the streets should already be covered by existing cleansing routines. Perhaps this is another service that has gone to the dogs. kimcrawley
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4:51pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Linda Lou says...

I do take it home if I do not pass a bin,But I see lots of bags thrown in the hedges,which to me is worse than not picking it up!
I do take it home if I do not pass a bin,But I see lots of bags thrown in the hedges,which to me is worse than not picking it up! Linda Lou
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1:54pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Paul Tucker says...

Linda Lou wrote:
I do take it home if I do not pass a bin,But I see lots of bags thrown in the hedges,which to me is worse than not picking it up!
There should be a special fine for those who do is in the countryside - i.e. bag up their dog poo and then just drop the bag! Latest example: at the pedestrian gate at the south end of the "Avenue" field south of Avebury. How moronic can you get? It would be sensible to pick it up and then dispose of it in the bushes (minus bag, of course). No chance of this ever making it onto the statute book - i.e. if there was a law against every act of selfishness, laziness or stupidity, there'd be no end to it.
[quote][p][bold]Linda Lou[/bold] wrote: I do take it home if I do not pass a bin,But I see lots of bags thrown in the hedges,which to me is worse than not picking it up![/p][/quote]There should be a special fine for those who do is in the countryside - i.e. bag up their dog poo and then just drop the bag! Latest example: at the pedestrian gate at the south end of the "Avenue" field south of Avebury. How moronic can you get? It would be sensible to pick it up and then dispose of it in the bushes (minus bag, of course). No chance of this ever making it onto the statute book - i.e. if there was a law against every act of selfishness, laziness or stupidity, there'd be no end to it. Paul Tucker
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5:48pm Tue 11 Mar 14

djqster says...

Forget fines. Whatever your dog leaves behind that you don't clean up, you have to eat. Simple.
If the Council's interested I'd be glad to help them enforce it.
Forget fines. Whatever your dog leaves behind that you don't clean up, you have to eat. Simple. If the Council's interested I'd be glad to help them enforce it. djqster
  • Score: -2

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