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Council to use 300 dog fouling signs

A COUNCIL plans to use 300 signs in different styles and sizes to warn people against letting their dogs foul public places.

The signs are part of a wider campaign by Shepway District Council in east Kent to crack down on dog mess.

The campaign will also mean more patrolling council officers, high resolution cameras to capture offences, and tougher punishments.

Under the new plan offenders may face a £1,000 fine instead of the usual £50.

Councillor Rory Love, cabinet member for the environment, said: ‘We hope this initiative will help to assure people that the council takes their concerns about dog fouling very seriously.

‘It will also help to catch irresponsible owners and prevent dog mess from spoiling our pavements and open spaces.’

Some of the signs will incorporate a poster designed by six-year-old Lauren Coller of Lydd, who wrote to her local councillors and MP Michael Howard about the dog mess.

One local dog owner who declined to be named accused the Council of ‘total overkill’ by placing so many signs in order to target a small number of irresponsible owners, at such a high cost to local council tax payers.