Gloucestershire Police have received calls from concerned farmers regarding dog walkers leaving dog faeces on farm land especially in fields used for livestock. If a dog has worms this can be treated but if cows and sheep pick up the dog worms this cannot be treated and the animals become sick.
The Police are asking dog owners to be responsible and pick up after their dogs in all rural areas and open fields and take the bags to the nearest bin.
The Police have been asked to clarify the following points:
- The law only covers public areas and footpaths across farm land.
- The fine of £1,000 is a maximum fine that can be imposed and this is only awarded at court if the dog owner refuses to pay the set fine given by the local authority. This set fine differs from council to council area.
- The intention is not to single out dog walkers but to raise awareness that if a dog has not been wormed then the dog faeces if ingested by sheep and and cattle can lead to severe illness and stillborn lambs and calves, costing farmers hundreds of pounds in the loss of their stock.
This message came from PC2201 Nick Westmacott
Cotswold North Local Policing Team
There is an issue with dog fouling at the moment around town and the Town Council would like to explain some of the actions it has taken so far.
The dog wardens have been asked to patrol certain problem areas and there is a small team of local residents spraying dog mess with red paint. The reason for the spraying is so that the mess can be clearly seen and people can avoid stepping in it. Please note that the group are not allowed to pick the mess up.
The Town Council sponsored a dog poster competition in the Summer with the school children and the two winning posters have been put up around town. We have discussed but for the moment discounted providing dog poo bags. The Council is also aware of the “watching eyes” poster campaign and will discuss this at the start of next year.
In the last year we have installed a larger bin on Back Lane at the join with Guggle as it was usually full and a new bin will be installed shortly at the path leading to the Fortey Road woods between Farmington Road and MacArthur Road. We also moved the bin from the bottom of Bettensen Drive to across the road so it is on a pavement rather than a verge. This has all been as a result of residents suggesting improvements so please keep the ideas coming!
Allowing a dog to foul a public place is unpleasant, can cause severe illness and even blindness in farm animals and people. It is also illegal, carrying a penalty of up to £1000.
If you wish to report an incident please use the following link to contact the Environmental Wardens at Cotswold District Council: www.cotswold.gov.uk/animal-control-welfare/dog-fouling/.
A number of residents have been to view the display in the Westwoods. This will remain in place for the near future and all comments are welcomed. Alternatively you can speak to one of your Councillors whose contact details are on the Town Council notice board in the Market Place.
Unfortunately dog fouling is on the increase again. The Environmental wardens are visiting Northleach on a regular basis but need feedback on the areas to be targeted. If you have information please feed it in using the contact details below. If you have any suggestions on how the issue can be tackled please let the Town Council have your ideas. Irresponsible owners who do not pick up after their dogs will be prosecuted as this waste is unpleasant and can lead to health issues. Last year the Town Council sponsored a dog fouling awareness campaign at Northleach Primary School in conjunction with Cotswold District Council. The winning poster, to discourage dog fouling can be seen around Town.
The Town Council has been approached by Cotswold Volunteers (NCV) to help promote their work. They currently offer a range of services to our residents. The charity, which has been operating for 30 years offers a befriending service, carer respite and transport support. NCV want to hear from residents who need these services and are also keen to hear from new volunteers who can support their work. They can be contacted on 01608 651415
Question of the Month? Why are the published minutes a month old?
The minutes of each meeting are approved at the next one. For example the minutes of October’s Town Council meeting were approved at November’s meeting. November’s minutes will be approved at January’s meeting as the Town Council did not meet in December. Minutes for all meetings can be requested from the office.
Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
The Town Council is organising a community photograph to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Further details will be available soon. Various other celebrations are being planned so contact us if you need advice. The Olympic Torch Relay will be in Cirencester on 23rd May and in Chipping Campden on 1st July. Large turnouts are expected so please bear this in mind if you are planning on attending the celebrations.
Unfortunately this continues to be an on-going issue especially in the Churchyard and on the playing field. We are working closely with the Environmental Wardens who operate regular patrols in Northleach. However we need your help. If you have any information or concerns we can deal with these confidentially so please contact us.
Northleach With Eastington Town Council
Information about the Town Council including meetings and contact details are available on our notice board in the Market Place. Regular updates on the mobile police vans and library are also included.
Question of the month
We are asked lots of questions about our community. One of this month’s enquiries was about a broken street light. Issues with street lights which are not working can be reported to Gloucestershire County Council either online at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk or by calling 08000 514 514.