Council officers are now getting on their bikes to tackle dog mess and littering in North Devon.

The new dog poo spray templates being used by North Devon Council to highlight the problem of dog mess. Picture: NDC The new dog poo spray templates being used by North Devon Council to highlight the problem of dog mess. Picture: NDC

North Devon Council’s neighbourhood officers now have mountain bikes to cover a wider area and track down offences in inaccessible places such as the Tarka Trail.

This is the latest in a series of measures to tackle environmental issues under the council’s Clear Messages campaign.

The team recently started using biodegradable spray paint to highlight dog mess in problem areas and new templates with the message ‘clean it up’.

Neighbourhood officer Ray Jones, said: “The bikes give us chance to nip about and cover more ground than we could on foot. We are more likely to spot someone littering or fouling and have a good chance of getting to them in time to issue a penalty notice.

“We are able to target more problem areas, and using the spray paint, we hope to deter dog fouling and let everyone know we are on the lookout for those responsible.”

North Devon Council’s executive member for environment, Councillor Rodney Cann, added: “We’re really stepping up our efforts to address these anti-social habits, particularly dog fouling, littering and fly-tipping, which are a terrible blight on our beautiful district. These bikes will be an invaluable tool for our officers and they are also a greener way to travel.”

Failure to clean up after your dog can result in a fixed penalty notice of £80 with a maximum fine of £1,000.

Report dog fouling online at www.northdevon.gov.uk/dogs, call 01271 388870 or email customerservices@northdevon.gov.uk.