Regular readers will recall the Gurn's recent Freedom of Information request concerning the Highland Council Dog Warden Service.
We received a prompt reply to the FOI questions to the Council. It appears that the there is not a dedicated “dog warden” but that the duties are shared by a team of 7 community works assistants and 2 education and enforcement officers. They fit the dog warden duties in with other stuff, including, pest control, fly tipping investigations, abandoned vehicles, taxi licencing, litter prevention / campaigns etc. The Council calculates that, based on the categories stated in our questions, the cost is equivalent to that of two full time posts which would work out at £69,777 per annum.
The total income in dog-fouling fines in the financial year 2011/12 amounted to £560; that is 14 fixed penalty notices.
And, astonishingly, there have been no fixed penalty notices issued in the Nairn (Ward 19) area in the last five years.
If you are one of those inconsiderate people who do not bother picking up your dog’s crap then it looks like you can carry on getting away with it if the fixed penalty rate of the last five years is anything to go by. Gurnites it appears there is no deterrent! Copy of the Council's letter here.