Bourne man’s dog fouling campaign prompts action

SKDC Environmental Health team members Nina Lynch and Bohdan Dawyd meet Lee Clark ahead of the sign installation EMN-150306-111245001
SKDC Environmental Health team members Nina Lynch and Bohdan Dawyd meet Lee Clark ahead of the sign installation EMN-150306-111245001
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New signs have been installed at a popular playarea 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 issue at the Recreation Ground in Bourne.

I just want to reiterate that no-one is targeting responsible owners that already bag it and bin it. We merely want to educate those that don’t and assist with ways and means of disposing of it.

Campaigner Lee Clark

Now South Kesteven District Council has acted on the petition, which called on the community to log areas where the problem 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 communities in South Kesteven 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.”

Mr Clark said: “I am pleased that the council and the environmental health officers are taking Bourne’s massive dog fouling issue seriously.

“I have had a few meetings with the council outlining the needs within the town and these signs are a small step to solving the problem on the Recreation Ground.

“We do however have other areas in need of attention to which will be the focus for the next phase. I just want to reiterate that no-one is targeting responsible owners that already bag it and bin it. We merely want to educate those that don’t and assist with ways and means of disposing of it.”

To view the petition visit www.change.org.