Residents in Old Town have banded together to crackdown on dog fouling in their local park.
People living in the Old Town Rec area are taking part in Eastbourne Borough Council’s ‘Not In Our Park’ initiative which targets areas where dog owners are failing to pick up after their pets, similar to the ‘Not in Our Street’ scheme.
The awareness campaign sends out a strong message to dog owners that mess in the park and on surrounding pavements will not be tolerated.
Leaflets are being delivered to all homes in the area, reminding people to clean up after their pets in public places and encourage them to report any instances of dog fouling they witness to the Council.
Councillor Steve Wallis, Lead Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “‘Not In My Street’ and ‘Not In My Park’ are proving to be an effective way for people to let others in their neighbourhood know that dog fouling is unacceptable.
“It is not only unsightly, but poses a significant health risk. We thank the 95 per cent of responsible dog owners who do clean up after their pets, but urge the minority to also pick up, or risk being issued with a £75 Fixed Penalty Notice.
“The message could not be clearer: If your dog fouls in public, please clean it up, and if you witness dog fouling, please report it so the Council can take action against the offending owner.”
‘Not In My Street’ and ‘Not In My Park’ are among a range of measures being taken in Eastbourne by the Council such as the issuing of fixed penalty notices when appropriate, new bins and signage.
As a result, from October to December 2015 there was a 45% reduction in reports of dog fouling compared to the same period in 2014.
To report dog fouling or find out more about ‘Not In My Street’ or Not In My Park’ contact the Council’s Neighbourhood First Team on 01323 410000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org