Council signals crackdown on dog fouling and anti-social owners

Signs are going up to remind people of Cheshire East Council's new beefed-up powers to crack down on dog fouling and dog control – to help keep our parks, nature reserves and open spaces pleasant for all.

It follows overwhelming public support for tougher controls put forward by the council during its recent borough-wide consultation.

The council introduced the new Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) on 1 November 2017, specifically to tackle dog fouling and dog control across the borough.

New signs are now being installed across parks, nature reserves and open spaces to remind everyone of the new rules and to warn dog owners they could be fined for failing to pick up after their dog or keep their dog under control.

Fiona Reynolds, director of public health for Cheshire East, said: "We want everyone to enjoy the Cheshire East countryside and make the most of our beautiful parks, nature reserves and open spaces this spring.

"To ensure areas are safe and clean for everyone to use, we have to be strict about asking dog owners to keep their dogs under control and to pick up after their dog. Failing to do this could see dog owners fined between £100 and £1,000 under the new Public Spaces Protection Order.

"Most people are very responsible when walking their dogs and are happy to keep to these simple rules and we thank them for helping us to maintain pleasant green spaces for all to enjoy."

The main features of the PSPO allow the council to:

● Tackle those that fail to pick up after their dog in all public places within Cheshire East borough;
● Allow authorised officers to tell a dog owner/walker to put – and keep – their dog on a lead if necessary. For example, if their dog was showing aggressive behaviour; and
● Issue a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) of £100. A failure to pay the FPN may lead to prosecution and a potential maximum fine of £1,000, as would more serious breaches of the PSPO.

Cheshire East Council has a statutory duty to keep land clear of litter and refuse (including dog fouling) and a duty of care for dealing with waste.

The authority also has a duty to take action against irresponsible individuals who fail to clear up after their dogs on land which is open to the public. Not only is dog mess highly unpleasant, it is also a hazard to health – particularly to young children. Roundworm eggs found in dog mess (toxocara canis) can easily be picked up by children. This causes stomach upsets, sore throats, asthma and, in some cases, blindness.

Introducing the PSPO last November allowed the council to replace and extend the existing dog controls and byelaws to give a consistent approach across the borough to dog fouling and introduce dog control requirements to encourage responsible dog ownership and ensure that everyone is able to enjoy our publicly-accessible open areas, woodland, heath land, country parks and public spaces safely.

A national survey found 95 per cent of Britons are worried about the amount of dog fouling. The council recognises that most dog owners are responsible and clean up after their pets but a small minority continue to cause problems.

Click here to see the full details of the public space protection order.

Cheshire East Council


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Duncan Herald
Tuesday 13th March 2018 at 10:19 am
'a hazord to health' eh?
It would be good to have a 'full' explanation of that!
Consult the search engine of your choice.
The roundworm Toxocara canis (there's a similar species for cats by the way); is also present in foxes and cats. In dogs its usually only found in young puppies. Dog worming treatent, which most A.E. dogs have, removes/kills the roundworm. Infection in humans is rare/unusual.
Cleary no one wants to risk harm to humans, but please do not get carried away with the whole 'hazard' allegation.
Value for money? Can we be told how much all this signage etc. is to cost?
Considering that C.E. are cutting back on supporting facilities for the elderly (see a recent article in is this work about dogs truly needed?
Tony Haluradivth
Tuesday 13th March 2018 at 9:02 pm
Here we go again. How do you know that ALL A/Edge canines have been treated? Cats for the most part bury their mess (not all admittedly) and I have yet to see a cat or a fox scoop up their mess and hang it on a hedge in a plastic sack. Regards the number of foxes in this town well you know full well they are in a tiny tiny minority. I am beginning to wonder why you a so cynical and dare I say it a bit of a "nay sayer." I would hate to think you are on the side of the irresponsible dog owners this is quite rightly targeting.
Tony Haluradivth
Tuesday 13th March 2018 at 9:17 pm
Here you go Duncan
Ian Cook
Wednesday 14th March 2018 at 12:45 am
Hope some signs appear on Bradford Lane - Nether Alderley as its a regular dog walkers route to the Wizard pub and the edge, especially the ladies who drop the kids off at school and then take the dog up the lane for its morning ablusion, lots of plastic bags left neatly on grass verge stones and in hedges.
Duncan Herald
Wednesday 14th March 2018 at 10:12 am
Hi Tony,
re. your second/shorter entry. It adds nothing new i.e. worming dogs will prevent any harm to children and fresh poo is (your quote reveals) harmless re. roundworms.
re. your first entry (above 13th march).
1. I am a dog walker. We dog walkers tend to talk about our dogs (as well as potitics and the arboreal vandalism currently being effected upon the park!) and all the walkers' dogs have been wormed. Yes its a small sample but it is at least 100%.
2. Concerning poo-bags left out. Look at it from another perspective i.e. the people have scooped up the actual poo but as the N.T. seem to be too posh (see above) for bins, people don't want to carry poo around. Put bins on the Edge and the problem of poo and poo bags may just disappear (as poo does anyway after a decent rainfall).
3. Yes I am often cynical. People go on about poo but do not mention broken glass, food trays, drink cans etc., none of which are bio-degradable and all of which can be seen in the park!
Tony Haluradivth
Wednesday 14th March 2018 at 11:47 am
And how does it "disappear " in an unsightly plastic bag? We have been told via a neighbour who called the NT that the company who collects the effluence from bins would not find the contract to do so "worth their while" so Rangers would have to empty the bins several times a week THEMSELVES and why should they?. Duncan (from his comments) perhaps doesn't always scoop or is a "tree/hedge adorner"? Why can you not double line a carrier and take it with you? Yes if so then in my eyes you are just as antisocial and as much of a vandal as the other litterers. But you (like me) are a gent of more advanced years than a mindless (not fully formed in the brain department) teen yob. And as a former Parish Councillor whose face is known you might want to duck and hide if I see you on your walkies allowing yourself and your dear pet do all of the above. You could then avoid a ton of "blistering invective" ;)))
Duncan Herald
Wednesday 14th March 2018 at 10:19 pm
Good Evening Tony,
to alter your words, "Duncan (from his comments) ALWAYS picks up 'his' poo, plus any feral poo noticed. As do the community minded majority of dog owners.The good people!
My words were to ask that poo bags hanging about show that dog owners do pick up the poo, and If C.E., or in the case of the Edge, the N.T. 'did their bit' by providing bins, the 'problem' might well virtually disapear.
Still none of the 'dog complainers' see fit to complain about the bottles/broken glass/plastic food trays etc. Is there a 'perceptual blindness', whereby the non-degradable krap is over-looked, but the fairly harmless poo is banged on about?
Remove the beam from your own eyes before criticising the mote in mine?
Tony Haluradivth
Thursday 15th March 2018 at 12:47 am
It is all bad Duncan and the stinking bags festooning the hedgerows are the worst. Like I say tolerance for all and we have to start somewhere and the irresponsible dog owners who do not clear up is a good enough place for moi.
Fiona Doorbar
Thursday 15th March 2018 at 6:23 am
Very ageist comment re. Teens above. I have two mindful and polite teens who would never drop litter and clean up properly after our dog thank you Tony! .... if you have your papers delivered,you never know, it might be one of mine that traipsed out in minus 8 recently to provide a service to you. I really feel this dog mess convo has gone too far as there will always be a percentage of our society that will remain disrespectful, rude etc etc regardless of age(yes there are very rude elders in our village) sex, social standing or whether they walk a dog. More bins is the only answer up on the edge. Can a scheme not be trialled for a couple of months? Maybe a couple of temporary bins although who would empty them I am unsure based on previous comments.....
Duncan Herald
Thursday 15th March 2018 at 10:12 am
Hi Fiona,
well said!
Who might collect from the bins? There are already volunteers at the Edge and perhaps such civic-minded people might?

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