LETTER: Never mind flags - we need enforcement action on dog poo

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Boston Labour Councillors were interested to read that Flintshire County Council have a partnership with North Wales Police to issue fines for dog fouling.

Flintshire County Council’s current policy states that it is an offence for those in control of dogs to allow fouling and then fail to remove their waste. Flintshire County Council and North Wales Police are working together to tackle dog fouling and help to make their communities cleaner, greener and safer. Patrols by officers are now under way across the

county. Anyone that chooses to not clean up after their dog in Flintshire can be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN).

The FPN charge for a ticket issued in Flintshire is £75 and they are issued as an alternative to prosecution. North Wales Police and Flintshire County Council Enforcement Team proactively work together to ensure that their communities stay safe and green, and that those who choose to ignore the law, pay the price. Local authorities may also enact Dog Control Orders on relevant land after consulting on this issue.

Owners who bag the mess but then fail to put it into a bin, or take it home with them (i.e. throwing it into a hedge, or hanging it from trees/gates) could face a maximum penalty of £2,500 for a littering offence.

Boston Labour Councillors are pleased that dog fouling is becoming more of a priority in Boston but simply flagging or marking the offending area will not resolve the problem. Strong enforcement is what is required to deter people.

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