Hollywell Road looking towards Lincoln
Hollywell Road looking towards Lincoln

The scourge of dog fouling affects us all from time to time, and the possible health implications to our children if they accidentally come into contact with it cannot be ignored. If elected I will work with the local authorities at North Kesteven District Council to combat dog fouling, and work tirelessly to hold the authorities and those caught letting their dogs foul without cleaning it up, to account. I will seek novel ways by looking at how other wards tackle dealing with dog fouling, and raise these with North Kesteven District Council to see if they can be adopted here.

The vast majority of dog owners are responsible, caring individuals. However, sadly there are still some who do not clean up after their pets.

In 2014-15, the BBC found that local authorities in England and Wales received some 73,824 complaints about dog fouling. It’s safe to say that the vast majority of dog poo that we see on the pavement and on playing fields is not reported to local authorities.

The playground and playing fields at the Redwood Drive Community Centre suffers from persistent dog fouling that isn’t cleaned up by dog owners. The Parish Council has attempted to tackle the issue of dog fouling in the village by putting up CCTV cameras in the worst-hit areas, but it has not deterred many of the offenders.

The local authorities have a statutory duty under section 89 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (as amended) to ensure that, so far as reasonably practicable, their land is kept clear of litter (including dog waste), and refuse.

The residents of Waddington West have a right to their streets, open spaces, and play areas being free of dog poo. I will work hard to ensure that happens.

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