Clampdown on dirty dog owners in Hartlepool

(left to right) with one of the new signs are Councillor Marjorie James, Councillor Allan Barclay and Councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher.
(left to right) with one of the new signs are Councillor Marjorie James, Councillor Allan Barclay and Councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher.

A COUNCIL campaign is clamping down on dog fouling.

The three ward councillors in the Manor House Ward – Allan Barclay, Marjorie James and Stephen Akers-Belcher – have teamed up and used some of their ward budget to fund new dog fouling signs.

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This has resulted in around 15 new signs being erected on lamp columns to remind dog owners that the area is patrolled by council enforcement officers.

The double-sided signs also encourage residents to report anyone who does not clean up after their dog.

Councillor Allan Barclay said: “It is a despicable act for dog owners not to clean up after their dogs and we do receive lots of complaints from residents who live in the ward.

“Dog dirt blights the local environment and it’s right and proper that the council adopts a strong stance to try and eradicate it.

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“The new signs will hopefully remind dog owners that they’ve got to take responsibility for their pets and clean up after them.”

Councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher added: “The new signs raise awareness of the risks that dog owners face if they don’t clean up.

“However, the council can’t win this battle alone and we urge residents to contact it if they have any information about who the perpetrators are.”

Councillor James, who chairs the council’s Neighbourhood Services Committee, said: “The signs have been used successfully throughout the town as part of the council’s Respect Your Neighbourhood action days.

“They send out a clear message and as ward councillors we decided to use some of our ward budget so that we can have a number of signs that are exclusive to the Manor House Ward.”

The Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) for dog fouling is £80 but reduced to £50 if paid within seven days.

To report irresponsible dog owners, call Hartlepool Council on 01429 523333.