The Parish Council in conjuction with Cornwall Council are responsible for the cutting/clearing/maintenance of Public Rights of Way (P.R.O.W.s) within St. Agnes Parish.
P.R.O.W's are placed into 3 catagories depending on usage:- Gold, Sliver and Bronze
From the 16 July 2010 Cornwall Council introduced a dog fouling order that covers all of Cornwall to ensure all areas of Cornwall have the same levels of enforcement for dog fouling. This order has changed some of the areas that you are required to clean up after your dog.
You are now required to clean up after your dog has fouled (and properly dispose of it) when your dog fouls in any area which the public are entitled to have access to.
Failing to clean up after your dog has fouled will result in a fixed penalty being issued - which is for £80 (reduced to £50 if paid within 10 days) or prosecution where if found guilty you would face a maximum fine of £1000.
There is only a limited number of Dog Welfare and Enforcement Officers in Cornwall, but there are a number of other officers who are able to issue fixed penalties (many of which are not uniformed officers) as well as most PCSO's - this means that there is a relatively high chance that you will be caught should you not clear up after your dog has fouled.
It is not an excuse in law that you were not aware of the fact that the dog had fouled - so you can be held responsible even if you did not see the incident, or if it is witnessed whilst the dog is straying.
If you would like to report dog fouling - we will investigate all complaints that are received - although the level of service that we can provide will obviously vary depending upon the quality of information that is provided. For example we would be in a better position to take action should you be able to provide a full description of what happened (including date, time, location, what you witnessed, description of the dog/owner and as much information as possible about the incident - also any information regarding the offender - which could include name/address (if known), vehicle registration number or any other identifying feature. You may be asked to provide a witness statement - although you will be provided with information and help with that, and if the fixed penalty is not payed it is likely that you would be asked to attend court.
It is only with people getting involved and reporting problems in their neighbourhood that we will be able to solve more problems and take more enforcement action on issues such as dog fouling.
If you would like any more information or wish to report a problem, please either e-mail [email protected] or telephone to talk to your local Dog Welfare and Enforcement Officer on 0300 1234 212.