Waverley Borough Council, in Surrey, has passed a new public protection order that makes it an offence to allow a dog to foul on publicly owned land without immediately bagging and disposing of the waste.
The council says dog fouling complaints have fallen drastically since measures were first introduced in 2018. However, 68% of respondents to the council’s recent survey said fouling was still an issue.
Borough Council leader Paul Follows said the issue was “by far and away the most responded to survey every single time we do this, repeatedly, above even things as substantial as climate change”.
Spot fines of up to £100 can be handed out to anybody caught breaking the order.
The controls are updated and reviewed every three years.