Cost of dog-mess mistake

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A Facebook debate amongst Dispatch readers about dog-mess in the town saw Washdyke Lane named as a problem area.

The discussion was sparked by news that a Hucknall man who failed to collect his dog’s mess had instead picked up a £900 court bill.

Hucknall North councillor Ben Bradley promised to take action.

He said: “Washdyke is in my patch and dog-mess is one of those subjects that’s raised all the time.

“I’ll bring it up with the environment guys at Ashfield District Council and see if there’s anything we can do to focus on that area.

“If you have more info please email me: Cllr.B.Bradley@Ashfield-DC.gov.uk”

Readers generally supported the costs and fines handed out to the 22-year-old man who failed to clean up after his pet on January 9 on Goodall Crescent.

Ray Blockley said: “There are plenty of folk who let their dogs mess on Washdyke Lane park who could do with getting caught and a hefty fine! The kids are on there playing daily but seems that doesn’t matter?

“Plus of course gives us conscientious responsible dog owners (with dog poo-bags in every pocket...) a bad name. Grrrrrrrrr!”

David Birkin said: “Brilliant let’s have more of the same, Washdyke should be easy pickings for them!!!”

Emma Woodward said: “I live in the houses across from Washdyke park and the amount of people who don’t pick up shocks me and then I see kids playing football wiping their feet where they’ve stood in it.

“A lovely park but I will never let my daughter on there until people start picking up. They really do need fining and yes ,I’ve got a dog and yes, I pick up every single time.”

Laura Brady said: “Good! People like this gives people like us with dogs a bad name! I live right near washdyke lane park, I take my dog on there and always pick up her mess. I’ve seen a couple of people pick up their dogs mess, however there are lots who also don’t.

Under tough new rules, dog walkers caught without a bag to clear up their pets’ mess face £100 on-the-spot fines. The measure was introduced after public outrage over negligent owners allowing their dogs to foul public areas.

Offenders who fail to pay the £100 within seven days face prosecution in a magistrates’ court and a fine of up to £1,000.

The new measure is being adopted under a law passed last year, the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime And Policing Act, which empowers councils to create a Public Space Protection Order to tackle problems linked to dogs, litter or alcohol.