Authority starts courses to tackle dog fouling

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Town and parish councils across the area are being asked to take part in a scheme aimed at tackling dog fouling which could result in more legal action.

East Riding Council is inviting the councils to training sessions, starting this month, on how to provide evidence for penalty notices and court cases.

By working in partnership with local parish and town councils, East Riding Council aims to enforce the message that irresponsible dog owners who fail to clean up the mess could end up in court.

Councillor Jackie Cracknell, portfolio holder for community involvement and performance, said: “This scheme is about making sure those few irresponsible owners, who have not yet got the message that they have to clean up the mess, come under greater pressure.

“The aim is to improve the reporting of incidents of dog fouling and speed up the time it takes to deal with them.”

Three or four representatives will be invited from 15 councils, which include Pocklington Town Council and the parish councils of Barmby Moor, Millington, Newbald, North Cave and South Cave.

The scheme is based on a pilot started earlier this year and involving just five councils, including Stamford Bridge Parish Council and Wilberfoss Parish Council.

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