Dog owners love Stevenage this Valentine’s Day

14 Feb 2017

Stevenage Borough Council is urging dog owners to show their love for the town this Valentine’s Day by cleaning up after their pets.

Councillor John Gardner, and his dog Tess took his Love Stevenage message to Shephalbury Park with Isobel Munro and her dogs Rodney and Olly to remind other owners to bin all their dog mess.

The 21-strong cleansing and grounds team emptied dog waste and litter bins more than 76,128 times last year, but found bags of dog mess hanging from trees or dumped beside bins in parks across the town.

The council is replacing bins around the town over the next few years, partly to increase capacity for dog mess, as part of their work with communities to improve our neighbourhoods.

Councillor John Gardner, Executive member for Environment and Regeneration, said: “Dog fouling is offensive and a real public concern. The team do a brilliant job but occasionally people will find bins are full and then they need to take their waste home. If we all do that we can ensure Stevenage remains a great place for people and our pets.”

Last year our Environmental Enforcement Officers issued 12 Fixed Penalty Notices, of £75 each, for littering, which includes dropping waste near but not into bins, and is a criminal offence.

You can report problems with dog fouling or litter online at