BASILDON Council is cracking down on dog owners who let their pets foul in borough parks.
The council is encouraging dog owners to take notice of signs and respect the parks.
Councillor Kevin Blake, cabinet member for leisure and arts, said: “With summer upon us we want families to enjoy our parks without having to worry about dog’s mess. Our parks are free at the point of entry and in this time of financial hardship we hope local people will be able to enjoy
these facilities without having their day ruined by irresponsible dog owners.
“Some of our parks, country parks and nature reserves are frequently used by parties of school children. The health risks are particularly high when it comes to young people and children and our parks officers will be handing out leaflets educating dog owners about the risks.”
More signs warning owners of the consequences of allowing dogs to foul have been installed as well as patrols by officers to hand out leaflets with information about responsible dog ownership.
Council enforcement officers will also be stepping up patrols in a bid to deter offenders.
Enforcement officers can issue £75 fixed penalty notices (FPNs) to irresponsible dog owners who walk away rather than stop and pick up their pets’ mess.
An event to highlight the benefits of responsible dog ownership – ‘Paws in the Park’ will be held at the Wick Country Park, this Sunday, 10 June.
Dog owners can also pick up free poop bags and holders at the next Care for your Canine event which takes place in Markhams Chase Park, Laindon on Wednesday, 20 and Thursday, 21 June.