Instances of dog fouling seem to be on the increase and the Parish Council receives regular complaints about it from residents. This is reported to Northumberland County Council by the Parish Council but residents are also encouraged to report incidents via the following link to ensure action is taken as the County Council will target enforcement action based on complaints and local information:-
Reports can also be made by telephone on 0345 6006400.
Dog owners have a legal responsibility to clean up after their dog. In Northumberland anyone found to have not cleaned up will be issued with a £100 Fixed Penalty Notice, though a fine of up to £1000 may also be imposed for repeat offenders, abuse or failure to pay the FPN.
Failing to pick up after your pet is antisocial, dirty and spreads diseases like toxicariasis, which is of risk to children and can cause blindness. Dog waste can be disposed of in any litter or dog waste bin, and there are many located around the village.
The County Council is encouraging residents to join the Green Dog Walkers Scheme. This is an initiative to change attitudes and tackle dog fouling issues in a friendly way. When you join as a Green Dog Walker you will receive:-
- Free bags for you and to give to other dog walkers
- A green armband to encourage other dog walkers to talk to you about the scheme
- Leaflets to hand out to dog walkers encouraging them to also take the green dog walker pledge.
Full details can be found on the County Council’s website at:-