District council steps up efforts against dog fouling in Exmouth

PUBLISHED: 08:59 12 March 2015 | UPDATED: 08:59 12 March 2015

EDDC dog fouling sign on the pavement in the Colony. Ref exe 9782-11-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

EDDC dog fouling sign on the pavement in the Colony. Ref exe 9782-11-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

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Huge signs have been painted on the pavements in the Colony area of Exmouth as the district council steps up its fight against dog fouling.

The pavement painting scheme is one of a number of ways East Devon District Council (EDDC) is trying to promote its campaign of responsible dog ownership, which is aimed at encouraging all dog owners to clear up after their pets.

The EDDC environmental protection team use temporary stencils on the pavements together with posters to reinforce the “pick it up” message.

They also send letters to every house in hot spot areas advising householders of the problem and requesting that information is provided if the offenders are known.

Dog owners are reminded that wrapped dog waste can be placed in any landfill bin, litter bin or dog waste bin.

The combination of these approaches has brought significant and long term improvements in some areas.

Councillor Iain Chubb, East Devon District Council’s portoflio holder for environment, said: “East Devon is a beautiful area, which the council and communities work hard to keep clean.

“Although the district council knows that the majority of dog owners are considerate of other people walking in East Devon and pick up their dog waste, there are still some people who think that someone else will clear up after them.

“Every dog owner has a responsibility to their community to ensure that their pet is not a nuisance to others and we will continue to reinforce these messages, taking enforcement action wherever appropriate.”

More information on responsible dog ownership can be found at www.eastdevon.gov.uk


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