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Council debunks mythical poop cleaner

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Pink and lilac posters have been pinned to trees and gate posts around both Gobions and Moffats open spaces in Brookmans Park, to remind dog owners that there is no magical solution to dealing with dog mess other than to pick it up and put it in one of the many disposal bins at the council-owned site.

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NMPC has put prominent signage about clearing up dog mess at both public open spaces
Image by North Mymms News, released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

According to North Mymms Parish Council (NMPC), the Dog Poo Fairy posters, which bear the council logo in the top right corner, are official.

They show a flying fairy carrying what appears to be a bulging dog poo bag, along with the wording: "There's no such thing as the Dog Poo Fairy".

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Notice board and pet waste bin at the entrance to Moffats Open Space
Image by North Mymms News, released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Of course, there shouldn't need to be if all dog owners cleared up after their pets. NMPC has gone to great lengths to place dedicated waste bins for dog mess at strategic points around both Gobions Open Space and Moffats Open Space. There can be no excuse for not knowing that dog mess is antisocial and dangerous to children.

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Pet waste bin at the north-east corner of Gobions Open Space
Image by North Mymms News, released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

And there are signs at every entrance and exit to the council-run land reminding dog owners of their responsibilities, so nobody can be any doubt that it is an issue and that NMPC has set up the facilities for dealing with the problem.

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Responsible dog owner clearing up after her pet in Gobions Open Space
Image by North Mymms News, released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
 
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The signs at the entrances to Gobions and Moffats open spaces are hard to miss
Image by North Mymms News, released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
 
It appears the majority do clear up after their animals, but, sadly, some do not.

According to the government's website for local authorities, dog walkers can be given an on-the-spot fine if they don't clean up after their dogs.

The site says the amount varies from council to council, but it's often £50, and can be as much as £80. If the dog walker refuses to pay the fine, they can be taken to court and fined up to £1,000.

NMPC doesn't currently issue fines, but the subject will be raised at the next council meeting in November.