Bin it or risk a fine

PET owners in Backwell are being reminded to clear up after their animals - or risk a hefty fine. The warning comes from parish councillors

PET owners in Backwell are being reminded to clear up after their animals - or risk a hefty fine.The warning comes from parish councillors who are concerned that, despite the installation of dog bins, people are still letting their animals foul on the pavement.New bins have been installed across Backwell as part of a village enhancement scheme being driven by the parish council.But some irresponsible pet owners are choosing to ignore them and continuing to let their pets foul on the footpaths and roads.Backwell Parish Council chairman Colin Pope said: "The council has put real efforts into enhancing the village."New planters have been installed by the Spar shop at Rodney Road and hanging baskets have been put up around the village."As part of the enhancement new dog bins have also been installed but these are not being used to their full capacity."People are still continuing to let their animals foul on the footpaths and pavements."As a village, everyone should be doing their bit and working together to make it look its best."It is not only how it makes the village look but dog mess poses a real potential health hazard."North Somerset Council employs dog wardens and anyone caught allowing their dogs to mess on the streets faces prosecution.

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