Penalties go up for dog fouling

Fixed penalties are set to rise from �50 to �75 for owners who allow their dogs to foul.
Fixed penalties are set to rise from �50 to �75 for owners who allow their dogs to foul.
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DOG owners who allow their pet to foul will face an increased fine next year.

Following the adoption of Dog Control Orders in April the fixed penalty charge will increase from £50 to £75.

The orders, which limit the number of dogs walked at one time and where they can be walked, were brought in to target irresponsible dog owners.

The price hike is one of a number of increases after a review on all fees and charges in Wyre was announced.

Other rises include a three per cent increase on all YMCA leisure centre costs across the borough, cemetery charges have also increased with the cost of a burial increasing from £704 to £723.

And the hire of the Riverside Room at Wyre Estuary Country park has risen from £10 per hour to £13.

A council spokesman said: “Charging for local services makes a significant contribution to council finances and for district councils charges make the greatest contribution to service delivery.”

A full list of increases can be viewed on Wyre Council’s website.

In other areas, budget conscious Garstang town councillors have agreed to peg the authority’s parish precept next year.

The move means there will be no increase in the amount householders pay towards the running of the council in the financial year 2012/13.

Savings have been made in several areas, including expenditure for the mayor making ceremony.

The town precept, which is added on to the Wyre Council tax bill, is currently £30.11p for the average Band D household. With no increase next year it will remain the same.

The precept will bring in £56,650 to the town council’s coffers.

Wyre Council is also hoping for a zero increase in the next financial year, but as council tax is made up of separate bills from various authorities it is not yet known what the overall increase, if any, will be.