Saltford Parish Council (SPC) recognises that the vast majority of dog walkers act responsibly and pick up after their dog, to keep Saltford clean and its residents – especially younger ones – safe.
Unfortunately, SPC has been made aware of an increasing amount of dog fouling on the village’s streets, especially the green spaces and pavements around the primary school (such as on Claverton Road and Claverton Road West, and the green area that runs behind Morgan, Drake, Pepys and Anson Closes). It is an offence under The Dogs (Fouling of Land Act) 1996 to allow your dog to foul and not pick up the mess.
SPC would like to remind dog owners that they should pick up their dog’s mess in a refuse bag, tie it securely and dispose of it in any regular bin. Do not leave the bag on the floor, trees, fence etc. This is unsightly and also counts as littering. A map of bins in Saltford can be found below. If you can’t find a bin, take it home. If the bin is full, report it to B&NES Council.
It is the responsibility of the person in charge of the dog at the time the fouling occurs to pick up the mess. Not having a bag, or not being aware that the dog has fouled is not an adequate defence. Failure to pick up dog mess can result in a on-the-spot fine or prosecution by B&NES Council. SPC is aware that fines have been given out in the Saltford area in recent years.
Dog fouling in the dark
Dog walkers in Saltford are reminded that it is important to keep your dog in sight at all times in a public space, so you can see when and where they poo. SPC is aware that a significant amount of dog fouling is occurring during the current darker evenings. This is especially occurring in Saltford’s green spaces, including the paths leading to the primary school. Dog walkers are reminded to pay particular attention when walking a dog in the dark, when awareness of fouling may be harder to notice. ‘Accidental fouling’ is still subject to on-the-spot fines and prosecution.
Dog fouling where children walk and play
As residents are aware, the paths and green spaces near the primary school are used regularly by children, who may not notice dog poo until it is too late. Please pick up after dogs when walking them in this area, whatever time of the day (or night). Disease from dog fouling such as Toxocariasis is a particular risk to children.
Reporting dog fouling to B&NES Council
Saltford’s residents are encouraged to report dog fouling on B&NES Council land via the FixMyStreet website. The B&NES Council Dog Warden has advised residents to report dog fouling at fixmystreet.com – this will inform the street cleansing team as well as identify cluster areas for the Dog Warden to monitor. The Dog Warden is able to observe problem areas in the early mornings and evenings, and hand out on-the-spot fines.
Dog walking on Saltford Playing Fields
Owners who walk their dogs on the playing fields as managed by Saltford Sports Club are also reminded of the importance to pick up their dog’s mess. Dog mess causes the spread of disease; the main one is Toxocariasis, which can lead to blindness if a sports player were to come in contact with it. As mentioned above, this is a particular risk to the young. Many children and young people belong to sports teams based at Saltford Sports Club, and numerous children come to Saltford for sports matches. Please maintain awareness of when and where your dog is fouling to keep everyone safe and Saltford clean.