Oxford City Council yesterday launched a campaign to encourage Blackbird Leys’ dog owners to clean up after their pets.
Councillors, parish councillors and City Council officers will be joined by local volunteers over the next two weeks in speaking to dog walkers and giving out free dog poo bags.
The aim of the campaign is to encourage responsible dog ownership to make Blackbird Leys’ and Greater Leys’ parks and opens spaces a cleaner environment for everyone.
Residents have raised concerns about dog fouling in Blackbird Leys’ parks and open spaces, particularly Blackbird Leys Park and Gillian’s Park.
Councillor Linda Smith, Oxford City Council Councillor for Blackbird Leys and Board Member for Leisure, Parks and Sport, said: “It is important that we address residents’ concerns around dog fouling in the Blackbird Leys and Greater Leys area.
“We want everyone to feel that they can use and enjoy their local park, which is why we’re carrying out this campaign over the next two weeks.”
It is an offence for dog owners not to clean up after their pets. Owners can be issued with an £80 fixed penalty notice and, if prosecuted, a court can issue a £1,000 fine.
Dog poo can be placed in bags and put in dog poo bins, which are located at entrances and exits in all Blackbird Leys’ parks, or double bagged and put in litter bins.
As part of the campaign, officers and councillors will also remind dog owners of the legal requirement that all dogs are micro-chipped.
Oxford residents can report dog fouling, dangerous dogs and lost and stray dogs on our Dogs pages.