Arun District Council has signed up to a community-led scheme which aims to tackle dog fouling and bring irresponsible dog walkers to heel.
The national Green Dog Walkers Scheme asks dog owners to display a Green Dog Walkers badge to show that they take responsibility for cleaning up after their pets.
Volunteers are also encouraged to carry extra dog poo bags and be happy to give them out to other dog walkers who have been ‘caught short’ and to highlight any problem areas to the Council.
Councillor Dan Purchese, Arun District Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services, said: “The Green Dog Walkers initiative is about educating the small minority of dog owners who don’t pick up after their pets.
“Dog fouling in the district continues to be an issue, so we’d encourage dog owners in the district to sign the pledge and help us to tackle the problem in order to keep our beaches, streets, footpaths and green areas clean and safe.”
Anybody who allows their dog to foul in public and fails to pick it up could be given an £80 on-the-spot fine. Failure to pay could result in court action.
The scheme launched last weekend in conjunction with Angmering Parish Council at their Community Day Event where residents were given more information on how to become a Green Dog Walker.
If any other Parish or Town Councils would like to become involved with the scheme, then please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the scheme, visit www.arun.gov.uk/greendogwalkers