New Dog Poo Rules Could Be Scilly Council’s ‘Biggest Success’
That’s according to Cllr Fran Grottick, who was speaking during Tuesday’s debate.
Members have voted to start the process to introduce Public Spaces Protection Orders.
They are being rolled out across the country to deal with behaviour that has a detrimental effect on the quality of life, or to tackle persistent offenders.
They’ll override any existing byelaws and fines can also be levied if owners don’t keep a dog on a lead in specified places or if they let their animals enter an area where they are not allowed.
The fixed penalty notices will be for £100 with discounts for paying up quickly, although a court could levy a £1,000 fine on failure to pay.
Council Chairman Amanda Martin backed the move and claimed that dog mess was a “huge problem.”
She said it’s “really not a pleasant experience” walking around some parts of the islands and poo bags “adorning trees” bothered her too.
Cllr Christine Savill urged the Council to talk to the Duchy when it was confirmed that the new rules would cover all of Scilly.
Christine supported the move but said this type of thing can be easier to write about than implement.
It won’t be enough to phone in or email a complaint about an irresponsible owner. Council officer Diana Mompoloki says there will need to be good proof to show that it’s not just a vexatious complaint.
The Council can authorise anyone to take on the enforcement role. At the moment it would fall within the remit of their Environmental Health Officer David Currie or the new dog warden Charlie Flores.
Cllr Gordon Bilsborough wanted to know what would happen if an officer caught an owner not clearing up mess, but they didn’t know the offender’s name and, when questioned, they wouldn’t reveal it.
Members have been assured that there will be a community consultation before any new regulations are introduced.