Red tape threatens Bute dog fouling camera plan

The maximum fine, as this sign says, for failing to clean up after your dog is �500 - but this only applies if you refuse to pay and the case is taken to court. The initial penalty is �40, rising to �60 if not paid in 28 days.
The maximum fine, as this sign says, for failing to clean up after your dog is �500 - but this only applies if you refuse to pay and the case is taken to court. The initial penalty is �40, rising to �60 if not paid in 28 days.

Legal concerns have been cast over plans to bring a mobile CCTV camera to Bute to try and tackle dog fouling on the island.

The Bute Community Safety Forum has been told told that legislation on the monitoring of CCTV footage means installing security cameras in public places is not as simple as it might seem.

The problem is the result of the Private Security Industries Act, which requires everyone who monitors CCTV footage to undergo training, licensing and a disclosure check - and a refresher every three years.

Argyll and Bute Council’s anti-social behaviour officer, Robert Cowper, told the forum’s meeting: “The issue we have, if a camera is to be used to deter dog fouling, is that Police Scotland have said it wouldn’t be how they would wish to deploy their resources.

“And as a council we would need to look at where that leaves us from a legal point of view - nobody in the council is authorised to monitor CCTV footage.”

The meeting was also told that while the on-the-spot fine for littering in public is £80, and for fly-tipping £200, the fine for failing to pick up after your dog is just £40, and rises only to £60 if unpaid within 28 days.

A maximum fine of £500 can be imposed if a fine remains unpaid and the case is taken to court.