Dog owners told to clean up or face camera crackdown

COVERT CCTV cameras could be installed in parks unless more dog owners clean up after their pets, council bosses have warned.

Banbury Town Council said it had seen a “flood” of complaints about dog fouling in its parks.

Owners face a £50 spot fine if they are caught in the act by Cherwell District Council or town council officers.

But in June it was revealed that just four owners had been fined by the district council between April 2010 and April 2012.

Town councillor Colin Clarke said: “We are cracking down on this, and we will not hesitate to prosecute anyone caught committing an offence.

“If dog fouling continues to be a problem we could install hidden CCTV cameras without further warning. They can clearly identify people up to half-a-mile away and they will be monitored 24/7.”

The town council runs parks including People’s Park, Princess Diana Park and Spiceball Park.

The council said fouling was a particular issue at the Horton View sports field and Moorfields.

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11:52am Mon 15 Oct 12

wrongly parked says...

Banbury has a notorious reputation for dog fouling.
One of the worst areas in Banbury is Bankside park. This park has become very dirty and poorly maintained by the local council and there have also been several members of the public attacked by loose dogs here also.
It seems that Cherwell District council do very little to prevent dogs fouling or attacking people in this park and never patrol it with any dog wardens. Dogs have also been observed running across the busy road and almost causing accidents and fights between dogs is a regular occurance here!
Instead of installing cameras perhaps a more cost effective way would be to actually get their Dog Wardens to do what they are paid to do- and patrol the local parks regularly!!!
Cherwell District Council admit that they have NEVER imposed any fines for dog fouling in this area- so it is no co-incidence that this is related to the ongoing excessive dog mess that is mounting up in Banbury!!!
Banbury has a notorious reputation for dog fouling. One of the worst areas in Banbury is Bankside park. This park has become very dirty and poorly maintained by the local council and there have also been several members of the public attacked by loose dogs here also. It seems that Cherwell District council do very little to prevent dogs fouling or attacking people in this park and never patrol it with any dog wardens. Dogs have also been observed running across the busy road and almost causing accidents and fights between dogs is a regular occurance here! Instead of installing cameras perhaps a more cost effective way would be to actually get their Dog Wardens to do what they are paid to do- and patrol the local parks regularly!!! Cherwell District Council admit that they have NEVER imposed any fines for dog fouling in this area- so it is no co-incidence that this is related to the ongoing excessive dog mess that is mounting up in Banbury!!! wrongly parked

4:39pm Mon 15 Oct 12

King Joke says...

THey should come down on these idiots like a ton of bricks. I always clean up after my mutt, and if you don't you're only bringing on the day when dogs get banned from parks.
THey should come down on these idiots like a ton of bricks. I always clean up after my mutt, and if you don't you're only bringing on the day when dogs get banned from parks. King Joke

7:03pm Mon 15 Oct 12

Aligned says...

the last thing we need is more CCTV cameras in banbury
the last thing we need is more CCTV cameras in banbury Aligned

9:22am Tue 16 Oct 12

King Joke says...

If it's dog siht or cameras I'd go with more cameras.
If it's dog siht or cameras I'd go with more cameras. King Joke

11:38am Wed 17 Oct 12

BanburyGuy says...

I walk my dog on a regular basis around Banbury and the majority of dog owners I see pick up their dogs mess. The main problem is a severe lack of dog waste bins and those that are in place never seem to get emptied therefore you get people leaving mountains of bags under the bins. Typical of Banbury council to look at spending thousands on CCTV to hit people with fines rather then install more bins/empty the bins on a regular basis (a lot cheaper but wouldn't add to the councils coffers!).
I walk my dog on a regular basis around Banbury and the majority of dog owners I see pick up their dogs mess. The main problem is a severe lack of dog waste bins and those that are in place never seem to get emptied therefore you get people leaving mountains of bags under the bins. Typical of Banbury council to look at spending thousands on CCTV to hit people with fines rather then install more bins/empty the bins on a regular basis (a lot cheaper but wouldn't add to the councils coffers!). BanburyGuy

12:15pm Wed 17 Oct 12

King Joke says...

I don't think lack of poo bins is an excuse. A pile of bagged dog poo by a bin, or is nowhere near as dangerous or unhygienic as random deposits left uncleared in the grass. I think it's the latter that people are concerned about and which will attract fines.

You can also put bagged poo in a normal bin if no poo-bins are nearby - not ideal but better than not clearing up at all.
I don't think lack of poo bins is an excuse. A pile of bagged dog poo by a bin, or is nowhere near as dangerous or unhygienic as random deposits left uncleared in the grass. I think it's the latter that people are concerned about and which will attract fines. You can also put bagged poo in a normal bin if no poo-bins are nearby - not ideal but better than not clearing up at all. King Joke

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