An extra 21 council officers are set to join the fight against dog fouling in the county as part of a new initiative to tackle the issue.
The ‘don’t stand for it’ campaign will work with residents to tackle the community issue of dog fouling and clamp down on irresponsible dog walkers who spoil the environment and create serious health risks for members of the public.
Existing civil enforcement officers are being trained to carry out dog fouling and littering enforcement as well as their regular duties.
The rise in officers from 10 to 31 will increase enforcement activity to support a range of community-based work that the council already undertakes with the help of community volunteers.
The new initiative is part of the council’s re-launched ‘don’t stand for it’ campaign. This year’s campaign sees the council adopt a zero tolerance approach to dog fouling. Officers from the council’s public protection service will be carrying out enforcement operations throughout the summer across Northumberland. Anyone found not cleaning up after their dog could face a fine of up to £1,000.
Coun Dave Ledger, deputy leader of the council said: “This is a community problem and something residents have identified as a priority for us to tackle. Front line services, like cleaning up the streets, are at the forefront of our plans.
“The additional presence on the streets will give back up to the existing task force to help us work together with residents to improve this situation for everyone.”
Coun Deidre Campbell, a policy board member for streetcare and environment said: “We all want Northumberland to be an attractive clean place for residents and visitors. Efforts like this show we are dedicated to helping people love where they live.”
In addition to the newly trained officers the council works with a number of environmental champions across the county as part of the LOVE Northumberland initiative, they are local people who work with local services officers to report issues and provide feedback to help improve their local area and improve the council’s working practices.
Northumberland County Council is eager to help more communities carry out clean up events – they provide bags, gloves, litter pickers, high visibility vests and risk assessment, and when required, any other support that a local group needs to be able to set up an event.
Residents can now report incidents of dog fouling online as part of the council’s ‘save time, do it online’ campaign or in the usual ways by phone to 0845 600 6400, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.