A new dog warden has been appointed to help step up the war on fouling.
Jane Grady joins Hyndburn council’s dog warden and pest control team which will now patrol the borough in dedicated vans.
Along with the other four enforcement officers, Jane will deal with a range of issues from the ‘perennial problem’ of dog fouling to dealing with stray dogs.
The team will now travel round Hyndburn in new bespoke built vans fitted with dog cages to allow collection of stray dogs and storage for graspers, nets and protective clothing.
Coun Paul Cox, cabinet member for environmental issues, said: “The majority of dog owners do clean up after their dogs, but it’s just the irresponsible few who refuse to pick up after their dog that spoil things for everyone else.
“It’s great that Jane is now part of our Enforcement Team, tackling dog fouling and working closely with the police, RSPCA and other partners to tackle problems of dangerous dogs, dog welfare issues and other dog related incidents.”
The Observer reported last month that dogs could be banned from sports pitches and play areas in Hyndburn under new proposals being considered by the council.
Cabinet members voted in favour of holding a public consultation into excluding dogs from a number of sites including children’s play facilities and sports pitches owned by the council.
The Public Space Protection Orders would require dog owners to keep their pets on leads in designated town centre areas in Accrington and in each of the townships, and the continuation of the requirement for dogs to be kept on leads in the three borough cemeteries.
Earlier this year the council also launched its ‘Poo Dunnit?’ campaign with banners displayed on refuse and recycling wagons.
The scheme offers a £50 reward to residents who can prove that a person has failed to clean up after their dog has fouled.
Coun Ken Moss, cabinet member for leisure, said: “Problem areas identified by members of the public will be investigated by the dog warden for fouling, and this includes parks and open spaces, and the council’s three cemeteries for dogs off leads.
“People can also report dog fouling via the ‘Poo dunnit’ campaign, through the council’s website.”