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Dog mess crackdown

Dog owners in Yate and Chipping Sodbury who don’t clear up their pet’s mess on commons, woodland and heaths could soon be fined up to £1,000 as authorities get tough on dog fouling.  A new initiative could mean they will also have to prove they are carrying bags for clearing up.  

South Gloucestershire Council is currently consulting on whether to introduce a public spaces protection order in relation to dog fouling.  It would also aim to bring in new powers for authorised officers to make sure they have the means to clean up. 

The move has been given the backing of Sodbury’s mayor, James Ball.  He told Yate and Sodbury Voice that there have been problems on the Ridings open space in Chipping Sodbury: “This is an area where owners let their dogs run free and they don't pick up their mess. This is not only very irresponsible, it is extremely dangerous as it is where adults and children play sport.”

A council spokesperson said: "It is proposed to extend the land types on which people have to clear up after their dogs so it applies to all land open to the air which the public have access to.

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