Signs and fines to fight owners of dirty dogs

District council health team members Nina Lynch and Bohdan Dawyd with Lee Clark.
District council health team members Nina Lynch and Bohdan Dawyd with Lee Clark.
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New signs have been installed at a popular play area in Bourne calling on dog owners to clear up after their pet after a petition against the issue gathered more than 300 signatures.

Lee Clark, who lives in the town, started the petition after getting fed up with the mess at the Recreation Ground in Bourne.

Now South Kesteven District Council has acted on the petition, which called on the community to log areas where it was occurring regularly.

More than 20 signs have been installed around the Rec warning dog walkers that £75 on the spot fines apply to those who choose to flout the rules.

The council has also contacted 300 households in the vicinity of the open space, appealing to dog owners to ensure they are aware of their responsibilities.

The council’s business manager for environmental health Anne-Marie Coulthard said: “We know most dog owners always take time to pick up after their dog and are just as frustrated at fellow owners who flout the rules and don’t pick up after their pets.

“Dog fouling issues exist in local communities and we will always look to take whatever action we can to help reduce problems, such as the ones highlighted in Bourne.

“We thank Mr Clark for bringing to our attention the incidents he and fellow residents have noted in neighbourhoods in the town.”

To report dog fouling call 01476 406080.