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The Town Council are pleased to confirm that under the jurisdiction of Stroud District Council the Council's grounds staff are now fully trained and authorised to issue Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN's) for dog fouling offences.
Dursley Town Council are the first Town or Parish Council in the Stroud District to obtain this authorisation from Stroud District Council (SDC). A person responsible for a dog who refuses to pick up any faeces, may be liable to a fine of £75, reduced to £50 if paid within 10 days. Failure to pay the fine could result in a maximum penalty of £1,000. More »
The Town Clerk commented "our first priority is to educate rather than fine any members of the public, the Council's staff will offer a free bag to anyone who is witnessed not removing the faeces, but failure to cooperate will result in the Fixed Penalty Notice being issued."
In 2012, SDC made a Dog Control Order as follows:-
"Failing to remove the faeces when a dog under the person's control has defecated on any land within the District which is open to the air and to which the public has a right of access."
In October 2017 the Dog Control Order automatically transitioned to become a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO); this allowed FPNs may only be issued by an "authorised person", i.e. "a person authorised by the local authority that made the PSPO".
Dursley Town Council approached SDC with a proposal to request the authorisation of specified employees to enforce the PSPO. This was approved at a meeting of SDC's Full Council on 7th June 2018 and the Town Council's staff have now received the relevant training.
Deputy Mayor, Cllr Mandy Woodward said "the problem of dog fouling is always worse at this time of the year and the Council unanimously supported Cllr Matt Nicholson when he presented this option to Council in 2018. The agreement between the Town and District Council's is an excellent example of local authority organisations working together to benefit local residents". » Less
Posted: Fri, 15 Feb 2019 14:44 by John Kay
Dursley's annual Pancake Race is held on Shrove Tuesday each year. The race is traditionally held in Parsonage Street at 12 noon. Depending on the number of runners who have entered, "heats" are held with the fastest runners qualifying for the grand final.
In February 2010, Dursley Town Council resolved to resurrect the annual Pancake Race, and to provide a trophy for the winner.
Each year a local charity benefits from the entry fees and any other monies raised during the event. More »
The 2019 race will be held on 5th March. All proceeds will go towards the Henlow Court Activity Fund.
Posted: Tue, 12 Feb 2019 12:52 by John Kay
The Nominations for the 2019 awards to be announced at the town's Annual Assembly on the 21st May 2018 are now OPEN.
The Leslie D Gale Award was instituted in 1994, as a tribute to the late Mr Gale, who was the last Chairman of Dursley Parish Council and the first Mayor of Dursley, and who served the community in so many ways. The Leslie D Gale Award not only recognises longevity of service to the community but also impact. More »
Dursley Town Council is very aware that young people also contribute to the community, and that their work should be recognised. Nominations do not have to be for individuals; in past years groups have also been successfully nominated.
Nominations should be sent to the Town Clerk with details of why you believe the person, group, team etc deserve the recognition.
To be considered for the 2019 awards, nominations must be received on or before Friday 5th April 2019.
One of last year's recipients, Kate Reynolds is shown in the photograph collecting her "Unsung Hero" award for Outstanding Service to the Community of Dursley. » Less
Posted: Thu, 07 Feb 2019 09:38 by John Kay