PFI team to deal with dog mess

By David Newble

Sunday, April 21, 2013


ISLAND Roads has taken over responsibility for the emptying and maintenance of dog bins as well as clearing dog mess from Isle of Wight streets, as part of the PFI contract that began on April 1.

However, the dog warden, responsible for issuing fixed penalty notices to dog owners who allow their animals to illegally foul, remains under the control of the Isle of Wight Council.

News of Island Roads taking over the task of clearing up dog mess was discussed at a meeting of Cowes Town Council. Members called for tougher action to clamp down on dog owners who allow their animals to foul footpaths and parks.

Dog mess was said to be a 'huge problem’ in the town but an idea to put up signs warning people not to allow their dogs to foul was put questioned by Cllr Lynn Hammond.

She told members: "You could put up a sign in every street. Dog owners know it is against the law. It needs a foot soldier on the ground getting these people and fining them. I could walk round with a sign on my face and they would still let their dogs do it."

Cllr Paul Fuller said there was only one dog warden for the whole of the Isle of Wight.

He said: "Surely there is a need for the Isle of Wight Council to do much more enforcement."

Members agreed to write to Island Roads, expressing their concern about the amount of dog mess in the town.

After the meeting, Island Roads confirmed it had taken over the responsibility for clearing up dog mess on April 1.

The Isle of Wight Council said that it had issued four fines to dog owners between March 2012 and March 2013.

A spokesman said that in addition to the dog warden, there were eight council officers with powers to hand out fines and people were encouraged to report incidents of fouling.



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by Tom O'Dea

23rd April 2013, at 13:38:44

Bring back the DOG LICENCE

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by Louise Smith

22nd April 2013, at 18:44:05

great political distraction from real policies! however, the health affects on our children can cause blindness and other diseases, its a serious concern!

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by T Rollingsworth

22nd April 2013, at 16:47:22

Dog owners thing it's all fun and games ignoring it till I get my own back and take a dump on their front door-step, then it's a "police matter".
In all seriousness though, pick it up or I'll do it for you and post it through your letterbox.

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by Mike Crowe

22nd April 2013, at 16:22:38

I was approaching a seat in Ryde precinct and the lady sitting there dropped something. "Excuse me you have dropped something" she looked down and saw that it was her discarded chocolate wrapper at her feet. 'Oh it's only rubbish' "Don't you think it would be better in the rubbish bin at the end of the seat then?" I asked. She got up, picked the rubbish up and put it in the bin.

Age? In her 50/60's

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by James McAdder

22nd April 2013, at 15:10:40

Gaby has a point. At least dog mess is biodegradable. The same cannot be said about the packaging that is chucked out of cars and dropped by people who are too lazy / thick / inconsiderate (probably all three) to take it home and dispose of it properly.

Then there are the dog owners who, I assume, scoop the poop because someone is watching, but chuck the bag in the hedge when they think nobody is looking. Worst of both words. Nice disease risk festering and fermenting in a non-degradable package.

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by Gaby Hill

22nd April 2013, at 14:42:59

Dog mess pales into insignificance when you see the amount of mess created by people

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by alan naylor

22nd April 2013, at 14:16:52

Here we go again Dog Mess on the Isle of Wight is an on going problem the county press offers a comment web site and what do we get the same old old scribes with their NEGATIVE comments they all must have nothing better to do or say

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by James McAdder

22nd April 2013, at 12:08:59

Recently walked the Tennyson Trail, the amount of dog mess was shocking. I imagine there will be plenty of people scraping their boots after Walk the Wight.

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by Mike Crowe

21st April 2013, at 20:00:36

Roe you should have been at Shanklin Theatre last night and experimented today with the Cat and Toast question


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by Roe driver

21st April 2013, at 19:05:04

don,t get me started on cats

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