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Action to clear weeds in Pakefield

PUBLISHED: 21:29 11 July 2008 | UPDATED: 20:51 05 July 2010

A LOWESTOFT woman is organising a working party this weekend to clear the weeds surrounding toilets in Saxon Road, Pakefield.

Pull a Weed for Pakefield is being spearheaded by the Promoting Pakefield group which is inviting people to join in.

A LOWESTOFT woman is organising a working party this weekend to clear the weeds surrounding toilets in Saxon Road, Pakefield.

Pull a Weed for Pakefield is being spearheaded by the Promoting Pakefield group which is inviting people to join in.

Penny Hutch said they would be asking Waveney District Council to remove the debris after they had finished.

Meanwhile, reports of fly- tipping are continuing to fall. Mike Daniels, the council's cleansing manager, said: “This is great news, although we did find bagged waste dumped in Union Place, Granville Road and Grosvenor Road and a cooker was left in Beresford Road. “However, we are getting more reports about dog fouling on the town's footpaths, especially Waterloo Road, the High Street, St Margaret's Road and Oxford Road.”

One of the reports received this week was relating to dog fouling outside a primary school and only feet from a dog waste bin. Mr Daniels added: “It beggars belief when you have to clean up dog mess from the pavement beside a primary school and just two metres away from a dog waste bin. Not only that, responsible dog owners would have had a good chance of stepping in it as they tried to use the bin.

“As well as the obvious mess it could cause, it's potentially dangerous. Dog waste can contain a number of things that could make people ill. In rare cases eyesight can be damaged.”

It is illegal to fail to clear up after your dog if it fouls any land which the public have access to. Inconsiderate dog owners could face a fixed penalty fine of £80 or a fine of up to £1,000 if there is a conviction in the courts.

If you see a dog owner who allows his or her dog to foul the streets then you can contact the council.

To request the removal of dog fouling or report an incident during working hours email operations@ waveney.gov.uk or telephone 01502 523 468. You can also report it at any Waveney District Council office. To request the service out of hours telephone 01502 523 522.

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