COMMUNITY safety wardens are now patrolling a Chester cemetery after complaints of dog mess at the site.
Following a number of complaints at Blacon Cemetery about dog owners not cleaning up after their dogs, the council has decided to act.
Cllr Lynn Riley, Cheshire West and Chester Council executive member for localities which includes cemeteries, said there had been a large increase in the number of people exercising their dogs in the cemetery.
She said: “We have received a number of complaints from visitors about people exercising their dogs, which the site is not intended for. An increase in dog fouling has been identified which has also included an increase in the number of dog owners exercising their pets in the grounds. Only recently a couple were spotted circuit training with four dogs around the cemetery, which was upsetting for the bereaved who were visiting the graves of their loved ones.”
Under the Dogs Act 1996, failure to clean up dog fouling is an offence subject to a maximum fine of £1,000. Community Wardens also give offenders the option of paying a fixed penalty notice of £75 rather than go to court.
Cllr Riley added: “The cemetery and crematorium staff have tried to deter dog owners from using the site but their pleas have been ignored, which has resulted in the decision to contact the council’s community safety wardens.
“Their patrols now include Blacon Cemetery. Any dog fouling issues can also be reported to the community safety wardens by ringing 0300 1237033.”