Tougher action to be taken over dog mess in Rushden

Dog mess has been highlighted as an issue on the green space in Keats Way, Rushden
Dog mess has been highlighted as an issue on the green space in Keats Way, Rushden
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Tougher action is to be taken to reduce dog mess at a green space regularly used by people living nearby.

The Telegraph has reported how Mick Bridgstock walks his dog on the green in Keats Way, Rushden, and if he comes across mess left by other owners, will use a spade to throw it into nearby bushes.

But East Northants Council, which has a dog warden service to promote responsible dog ownership and enforce dog control order legislation where necessary, said that despite Mr Bridgstock’s well-meaning actions, this was an inappropriate way to tackle it.

The authority has now written to Mr Bridgstock to say while Keats Way has been a known hotspot for dog fouling for some time, tougher action is being taken.

The letter from the council’s chief executive David Oliver states: “The council has identified Keats Way as a dog fouling hotspot, an area which is suffering from excessive dog fouling, and as such will now be the subject of an intensified course of action in an attempt to address the issue.”

Action will include regular monitoring to gauge usage of the green and when offences are taking place, actions to allow officers to use surveillance to identify offenders and direct correspondence with all local residents to raise awareness of the responsibilities of dog owners.

The council’s Green Dog Club will also be promoted to cut the number of offences caused by a lack of knowledge.