Dog owners in Swansea in danger of picking up fines for not picking up mess

SWANSEA Council is following up its threat to get tough with dog owners who do not clean up in public.

Eleven dog owners in Swansea have been given fixed penalties of £75 each for letting their dogs foul on a public highway.

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The fines have been handed out as part of the local authority’s crackdown on dog fouling.

And it is not just dog fouling but littering that is being picked up by the council after a Swansea resident was handed a fixed penalty notice for putting their black bag waste out more than a week early.

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The combined hard line taken by the council has led to more than 40 fixed penalty notices being issued overall between April and June this year.

June Burtonshaw, cabinet member for place at the council, said: “Our litter enforcement teams are in communities throughout the city making sure residents do the right thing.

“Allowing your dog to do its business in a playing field or on the pavement and not clean it up is unacceptable.

“It’s equally not acceptable to throw litter on the ground instead of using a bin.

“Anyone caught will be given a fixed penalty. We are serious about littering in Swansea and hope residents do the right thing and help us keep the city clean.”

It is believed that several of the tickets were issued on Normandy Road, Llanllienwen Road and Foxhole Road.

Residents in Lower Loughor have recently been showing the rest of the city how it is taking pride in its community. A series of litter picks have taken place over the last few months and the entire community has got behind the campaign leading to cleaner streets.

The council’s litter enforcement team also visited Lower Loughor as part of its clean-up campaign, handing out maps showing residents where litter bins and dog fouling bins are.

And Harry Boulter, who lives in Lower Loughor with his parents and older brother and sister, is encouraging residents in his community to do the right thing and clean up after their pets.

Posters are now being displayed in Lower Loughor depicting Harry on the sidelines of his favourite park — Parc Williams — asking dog owners not to allow their dogs to mess on the field.

More than 150 bags of litter and 50 bags of dog mess have been collected from the streets of the community since the ‘Bag it! Bin it!’ launch.

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