Dog fouling persists

Following our report on 3rd February on dog fouling in Bury, it is disappointing to note that the problem persists and attempts are being made to identify the owner responsible. Failing to clear up after a dog is against the law and Chichester District Council Enforcement impose a fine of £100 for the offence (reducing to £75 if paid within 14 days). If fines are not paid and a case goes to court, the maximum penalty for dog fouling is £1,000.

Paw Paddock planning application

Towards the end of last year, an application was made for the creation of a dog exercising compound in a field in Houghton Lane. This met with considerable opposition from a number of residents in the parish and was opposed by your parish council. We have now heard that the application has been withdrawn.

Dog thefts

There have been many reports of dog theft both at local and national level as a consequence of a steep rise in prices for pets during lockdown. Through the recently formed Rural Crime Unit, Sussex Police have been taking action to combat this disturbing crime. Details of their activities and their advice to dog owners on measures to protect their pets can be seen here.

Dog fouling in the parish

It has come to the attention of many parishioners that there is a small group of dog owners who are continuing to let their dogs foul footpaths and verges without clearing up after them.  It is not without considerable expense that the Parish pays for two dog mess bins to be sited and cleared on a regular basis, one of which is at the Wharf and the other at the Crossroads (The Square) and they are there for the convenience of dog owners.

Every effort will be made to halt this behaviour and on behalf of all residents we thank responsible dog owners for their continued work in ensuring they clear up after their dogs and dispose of the mess responsibly.  It has also been noted that one dog owner at the Crossroads seems unable to lift the lid of the Dog mess bin to place the contents inside the bin. It is not acceptable to leave bags besides the bin – if it is full, please use the regular bin which is allowed by Chichester District Services, or take it home as it is your dog’s mess – do not leave it on the grass or roadside.

A reminder that failing to clear up after your dog is against the law and Chichester District Council Enforcement impose a fine of £100 for the offence (reducing to £75 if paid within 14 days). If fines are not paid and a case goes to court, the maximum penalty for dog fouling is £1,000.

Dog walkers & SDNP

Bury Parish Council has received a request from Emma Stanbury, Heathlands Reunited Project Officer at SDNPA, to pass on to dog owners and dog walkers the following invitation to participate in a survey.

‘Calling on all dog walkers to help with a survey on dog walking behaviour in the heathlands of the South Downs National Park.
The survey on dog walking behaviour is aimed at those who walk dogs in the South Downs National Park including dog owners, as well as those who walk dogs for others, such as dog walking professionals.

‘The survey is voluntary and your opinions and experiences will be very valuable. The questionnaire takes on average no more than 10 minutes and does not ask for personally identifiable data. To take the survey before 13th November click here: – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/KYPV7YM

‘The South Downs National Park Authority is seeking information on dog walking behaviour in the heathlands of the South Downs National Park as part of the National Lottery Heritage Funded Heathlands Reunited project. SDNPA has commissioned independent research consultancy, Collingwood Environmental Planning, to undertake the survey on this topic.

‘The National Park Authority is promoting a campaign (‘Take the Lead’) to encourage responsible dog walking on heathlands and other habitats. This survey of dog walking behaviours is a follow up to one that was undertaken in 2018 and will allow us to assess the success of the campaign. The survey results will be used to inform project activities aimed at conserving and improving heathlands sites and will contribute to a report.

‘We are really keen to hear from as many dog walkers as possible, so please do share this survey link with other dog walkers in your area. If you have any queries about this survey, please contact: heathlands@southdowns.gov.uk’

District council news

Chichester District Council’s Cabinet approved the Dog Control Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) at its meeting on Tuesday 6 October. This means the rules have now been extended for a further three years, with some small amendments. The changes are designed to address public feedback and take into account the council’s experience in managing land and enforcement issues in relation to the current dog controls.

The rules around dog fouling have also been strengthened. For further information please see here: –
https://www.chichester.gov.uk/article/34525/Dog-Control-Public-Spaces-Protection-Order-is-adopted-for-the-Chichester-District

The consultation period for a new Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan for Chichester city centre and the surrounding area ends on 19 October. For more details and the opportunity for you to have your say please see here: –
https://www.chichester.gov.uk/article/34526/Last-chance-for-people-to-have-their-say-on-suggested-local-cycling-and-walking-route-improvements

Dog control

We have previously reported that Chichester District Council are seeking consultation on the rules for dog control in the Chichester area. The consultation period expires this Friday 14th August, so if you have not responded but still wish to, then full details can be found here