New £ 100 fines for dog walkers in Windsor and Maidenhead failing to clean up their pets’ mess
Owners who fail to clean up after their dogs in Windsor and Maidenhead could soon be fined £ 100.
Councilors for the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead have approved a new borough-wide Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) to ensure people clean up after their pets.
It would mean police or community guards could issue fines of £ 100 if they spot someone refusing or unable to pick up their dog or if their dog is not on a leash. The fine would be reduced to £ 75 if paid within 10 days.
According to the report, community caretakers have received “ numerous reports ” of uncontrollable dog and dog fouling.
The Parks and Campaigns team also called for tougher action on these issues.
Councilor David Cannon, senior member for Public Protection and Parking, said this OSPP does not seek to “ persecute ” residents, but wants to “ change behavior ” for people to pick up the mess of their dog and keep them under control.
He said: “It is a plague on our society these dogs which are allowed by their owners to defecate and not to be picked up. They are irresponsible dog owners, not irresponsible dogs.
Private company District Enforcement, which enforces the waste rules on behalf of the council, will be seen as enforcing the new PSPOs, Cllr Cannon said – but they would operate under council policies.
This involves educating violators of the rules before imposing a fine.
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Cllr Cannon said, “We don’t want to persecute our residents; we are here to change behavior.
“If a community guard, police officer or district police officer sees someone who is not coming to pick up their dog, they will ask them to do so.
“If they refuse, obviously action will be taken. If they pick up, there is no problem.
“If they don’t have anything to pick it up, they’ll likely end up getting fined for being irresponsible dog owners.”
The powers of the PSPO are expected to come into effect on May 1. Councilors also agreed to introduce fines of £ 100 for cyclists caught riding on main streets in the borough.
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