Kettering Council extends dog fouling campaign

Kettering Council has run a successful We're Watching You campaign to cut the amount of dog mess in six hotspots
Kettering Council has run a successful We're Watching You campaign to cut the amount of dog mess in six hotspots

A campaign to catch people who fail to clean up after their dog has been extended.

Kettering Council ran a We’re Watching You campaign to reduce dog fouling in six hotspots and now the campaign is being extended after it led to a reduction in the amount of dog fouling.

Environmental wardens patrolled six identified hotspot locations over the final six weeks of 2014, and put up 40 glow in the dark posters.

As part of the patrols, wardens caught three people allowing their dogs to foul, one in Burton Latimer and two in Kettering. They were each given a £75 fine.

Monitoring throughout the six weeks showed a marked improvement in three of six areas in particular - Manor Park, Rothwell; Carrington Street/School Lane, Kettering, and Geddington playing fields. The number of dog fouls noted by wardens in those areas fell by between 87 and 100 per cent.

The worst affected area is still the King George Park in Burton Latimer and people are asked to report anyone they see allowing their dogs to foul there by calling 01536 410333 during office hours, emailing customerservices@kettering.gov.uk or by sending a short text message to 07824 451281. 

Following feedback from the campaign, additional warning posters are being produced and patrols in the hotspot locations have been increased.

Head of environmental health at Kettering Council, Shirley Plenderleith, said: “It is an offence to fail to clear up after your dog, irrespective of where the dog fouls.”