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Nottinghamshire dog walkers furious as they could face fine over waste bags

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Dog owners in Tollerton say a fine isn’t necessary as a new rule could see dog walkers getting fined up to £100 in Rushcliffe if they do not carry dog waste bags with them.

A number of new Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO) to control dogs in public places has been proposed by Rushcliffe Borough Council. The new orders could see a ban on dog fouling on the majority of land in Rushcliffe, as well as making it an offence if dog walkers do not carry dog waste bags with them.

The proposals for these orders are recommended for approval and will be decided at a full council meeting on July 7. Tollerton Parish Council called the proposals “unnecessary” and requested that its land be excluded from the PSPO.

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People in Tollerton agreed that it’s not ‘necessary’ and they ‘don’t get much in the area’. Jean-Louis David, says an £100 fine is unnecessary. The 63-year-old said: “I must say I haven’t seen a problem here in Tollerton with dog fouling. One day you might not have one – it can happen. I say no. I don’t think it’s necessary, it’s taking it too far.”

If the plans are approved dogs would be banned from all children’s play areas, multi-use games areas, skate parks and fenced gym equipment zones. Further rules mean dogs must be kept on leads in certain areas within Rushcliffe Country Park.

A general view of a dog mess bin in Tollerton, Nottinghamshire.
A general view of a dog mess bin in Tollerton, Nottinghamshire.

Marie Scott, 38, walking her dog Bracken, says that it’s the responsibility of the dog owner to carry the waste bag. The nurse said: “I suppose really you should have a poo bag. I have done it myself, oh god I’ve forgotten a bag. If I’m close enough I’ll just go back. I don’t know how it’s going to work. Mostly down this route is a school – you need to be picking it up really.

“You should pick it up, there’s plenty of bins. You should always have one really, as a responsible dog owner.”

People could be exempt if they have “a reasonable excuse” for not bringing a bag, or if the owner of the land has consented to the person not picking up the mess. Those who don’t follow the rules could receive a fixed penalty of £100 with an early repayment reduction to £60. If not paid, court action may follow.

Stuart Higham, 35, who was on a dog walk with Henry, told Nottinghamshire Live that if he forgets a dog waste bag he will go back home and get one. Mr Higham said: “If I normally don’t have one I just put something so people can see it and go back and get one. He [the dog, Henry] normally does three annoyingly.

“I think it’s just them trying to make money off people. You don’t normally get much around here.”

If approved, the move will cost around £15,000 to implement due to costs such as warning signs. It comes after the authority completed two consultations on the plans, which found people were “overwhelmingly supportive of the additional controls”.


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