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Plans to tackle dog fouling are outlined in West Norfolk

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Around three times as many cases of dog fouling go unreported in West Norfolk compared to those which are, according to borough council figures.

The findings are drawn from a survey of public views on the problem, together with street littering, which will be considered by a council panel tomorrow.

The report says around 160 cases of dog fouling are reported to the borough council each year.

But, with nearly two thirds of respondents who claimed to have witnessed cases saying they did not report them, officials estimate there could be over 400 more they are not aware of.

The paper said: “The responses received, coupled with anecdotal and officer observations, suggest that there is a significant under reporting of offences.”

Dog fouling. (2309701)
Dog fouling. (2309701)

The authority conducted the survey last summer in an effort to establish the full extent of the issues and the level of resources that might be needed to tackle them, under the powers the authority currently possesses.

There were nearly 300 responses from individual residents, plus over 40 from parish councils.

And officers say the high level of responses, compared to other council consultations, “suggests that this is an issue that the residents of the borough are affected by”.

Officials are currently proposing to redraft the remit of a vacancy for a neighbourhood officer in order to focus specifically on littering and dog mess issues.

The report, which goes before the council’s environment and community panel meeting on Wednesday evening, said that would enable them to establish whether extra staff were likely to be needed in the future.

Around £14,000 extra is likely to be spent making the role a full-time one, instead of working only three days a week if the plan is subsequently approved by council leaders. The funding is set to be drawn from savings made elsewhere.

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