Clean up after your dogs, pleads Instow council

INSTOW has put the spotlight on dirty dogs and owners are warned to beware they are not caught in the glare. Fifty local volunteers who carried out a recent clean-up of the beach encountered unacceptable levels of dog droppings, particulary in the sand du

INSTOW has put the spotlight on dirty dogs and owners are warned to beware they are not caught in the glare.

Fifty local volunteers who carried out a recent clean-up of the beach encountered unacceptable levels of dog droppings, particulary in the sand dunes area.

This has been an ongoing problem despite bye-laws requiring owners to pick up after their pets.

Now the parish council is calling on dog owners to play their part in keeping the beach clean for all - or risk the consequences.


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The council is giving its full support to the Fouling of Land by Dogs Order, which has been adopted by North Devon District Council.

Under this Order anyone who fails to pick up after their dog can be issued with a fixed penalty notice in the sum of �75 by the dog wardens who regularly patrol the area. If the fine is paid within 14 days the sum is dropped to �65, but if it is not paid, the offender could on conviction by a magistrates court be liable a maximum fine of �1,000, plus costs of over �500.

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The parish council is encouraging anyone who witnesses an offence to report the incidents to dog wardens with details of the people and dogs concerned and the location of the offence. Dog fouling incidents can also be reported to North Devon District Council on (01271) 388870 or e-mail customerservices@northdevon.gov.uk

Roger Jacob, clerk to Instow Parish Council, said: "This legal redress is something that under normal circumstances should not be necessary, but I am afraid there are still a minority of dog owners who regularly frequent our lovely beach and dunes who do not share similar standards or principles.

"The law abiding public needs to be the eyes and ears of the dog wardens and provide them with the evidence to secure convictions. They cannot be at Instow all the time and if this unpleasant situation is to be abated, the wardens must receive our help."

Cllr Rodney Cann said: "Once again Instow residents have demonstrated their community spirit in a very practical way in giving the beach a really good spring clean. I am very proud to be the county councillor for this delightful little resort and can only admire the commitment and pride local people take in looking after their beach. I would make a plea to dog owners not to undo all the good work by letting their dogs foul the beach. Please bag it and bin it in the bins provided."

Peter Yeo, Chairman of Instow In Bloom, added: "Instow beach, and especially the dunes, provides a wonderful playground for children. I have fond memories of them myself. Shame then, that these days they have become a canine latrine. To the careless minority of dog owners who have allowed this to happen - picture the youngsters helping with our Big Biosphere Beach Clean recently, making fresh discoveries of dog excrement in our dunes every couple of minutes. Is that really the legacy you would like to leave within your community?

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