Unfortunately, just like the litter issue, an increase in dogs' mess has become apparent around the parish during lockdown.
We have taken this up with Environmental Health, NEDDC who have told us that Ashover is not alone in this experience – it seems to have been the case throughout the district.
We're organising 'pick up or pay-up' signs for particular problem areas on pavements which we've been told can help. Other than that, NEDDC has a self-service reporting facility on their web-site which also includes reporting for fly tipping, litter bins, noise, bonfires etc.
Legally speaking, in North East Derbyshire it is a criminal offence, under a Public Spaces Protection Order, to not clean up your dog's waste. If you are witnessed failing to clear your dog's waste, you will be issued with a £100 fixed penalty notice. The fixed penalty is an alternative to being taken to court.
NEDDC ask that Witnesses are requested to take a photo if possible and to make a statement to NEDDC to include the name or description of the owner, date time and place of the incident, car registration etc. Initial contact can be made with NEDDC via the self-service facility under 'dog fouling'
Posted: Fri, 26 Feb 2021 11:24 by Sara Atkinson