The University of Exeter has formed a partnership arrangement with Exeter City Council (ECC) to help inform and enforce legislation relating to managing dogs and dog fouling on the Streatham Campus.
The campus, which is open for public access, a registered Botanic Garden and has been a winner of a Green Flag Award for three consecutive years, welcomes dog owners.
However, in recent months staff and students have been affected by those who do not take responsibility for the animals they are in charge of. In particular dog fouling and the number of reports of dogs off leads has increased. There have also been attacks on wildfowl.
For a number of years, ECC has had success in implementing legislation to address dog fouling and related issues in the City, with over 100 fines being issued in the last four years. The University hope to create a partnership approach by inviting officials to enforce legislation relating to dogs on University land by issuing fines to those who break the rules.
Director of Grounds, Iain Park said: “We are very fortunate that the majority of people who visit our campuses are responsible and respect the wonderful asset the University Grounds provide for the city and its wildlife. The grounds are publicly accessible and we invite the local community to come and use them. However, we do have some repeat offenders who ignore signs and advice from staff. This unfortunately causes distress for our students, staff and the biodiversity on campus. It is hoped that our new partnership approach will ensure that the minority do not spoil the wonderful spaces we have for the majority to use and enjoy in the future.”
ECC will issue fines if offenders fail to comply with legislation.
Louise Harvey, Street Scene Manager for Exeter City Council said: “We look forward to working with the University to help improve the environment for the benefit of everyone.”