Residents urged to contact Council with dog fouling hotspots in NE Derbyshire

North East Derbyshire District Council are launching a new campaign to try to tackle dog fouling hotspots and concerns in the District.

The Council are urging residents to report dog fouling on pavements or paths so we can continue to target hotspots and take strong action against dog owners who fail to clean up after their pets. There is the possibility of a court fine of up to £1,000 for those not clearing up after their dogs.

North East Derbyshire District Council Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, Cllr Charlotte Cupit said, “We know that the majority of dog owners act responsibly and care for their communities. But, sadly a minority allow their dogs to foul and don’t clean up after them, or leave it hanging in trees, to the upset of local residents and communities.

“We have enforcement officers in place to deter, educate and catch offenders, and these officers are targeting known hotspots – and we’ve recently invested in strengthening the service and number of officers.

But, the overall number of dog fouling reports to the Council is low so we’re launching this campaign to remind and urge residents to report dog fouling through our online form. The Council’s Streetscene team can also arrange for dog fouling to be cleaned away.

“We’re also working on new communications and campaigns to remind people to pick up after their dogs which we’ll be launching over the coming months.”

If the Council catches people not clearing up after their dog or leaving bags of waste not in dog bins they will have to pay a £100 fixed penalty notice or face a court fine of up to £1,000.

The Council can either catch people on site, or use CCTV or video footage to prosecute those breaking the law.

You can report incidents quickly and at any time of day via the Council’s website www.ne-derbyshire.gov.uk/dogfouling