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Greenwich council accused of not enforcing rules to prevent dog fouling

PUBLISHED: 09:38 16 September 2010

Dog waste bin in Oxleas woods

Dog waste bin in Oxleas woods

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A taxi driver has slammed the council for being slack in handing out fines to residents who do not clean up their dog's poo.

Mike Dawes, 58, of Greenvale Road, Eltham, who himself is a dog owner, is forced to go to Oxleas woods himself and tell other dog owners to use dog bins.

This comes after Greenwich council issued no Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) for dog control orders up until August this year and only three since.

In 2008, the council implement dog control orders in several parts of the borough and a year later extended it to the whole of the borough.

Mr Dawes said: “I haven’t seen any enforcement of these by-laws. I don’t see anyone walking round enforcing them and so there is a blatant disregard for the rules about clearing up after dogs or limits on dog walkers. I saw one man with ten dogs in Oxleas Woods last weeks – it is simply a joke.

“There should be more issued. Since these new laws came in the problems has been getting worse. Why aren’t the council doing anything?”

Leader of the opposition Spencer Drury has been asking council bosses since last September (09) about the amount of fines handed out but he only received an answer last week.

He said: “Despite my clear warnings that this whole system was pointless if it was not going to be properly enforced, the Labour cabinet seem to have treated the whole thing as a publicity stunt as not a single fine was issued before I started asking questions about this.

“This council seems to love concreting over green spaces but has not the first clue how to care for our woodlands and open spaces.”

A spokesperson for Greenwich council said: “We have organised a large number of awareness events including a recent six week programme of joint action by enforcement officers, housing and parks officers to help ensure that dog owners understand and comply with the orders.

“Our enforcement officers will issue fixed penalty notices or even prosecute those who break the orders and put others at risk. Anyone who witnesses an offence being carried out can call us on 020 8921 4661.

“To date we have issued 12 fixed penalty notices to people who failed to comply with appropriate instructions.

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