DOG owners have come under fire after blighting a beauty spot in South Downs National Park.
Kingley Vale, near Chichester, has been plagued by dog owners discarding used poop scoop bags in the car park and in hedgerows along the footpath.
Dog control officers from Chichester District Council are working with Natural England and West Sussex County Council to clamp down on the problem.
They have warned that £75 on-the-spot fines will be given to any owner that does not clean up after their dog.
Viv Magrath, a dog control officer, said: ‘It’s very disappointing that some irresponsible dog owners are simply letting everyone down.
‘Dog mess that has been left on paths – or in plastic bags next to the path – is unhygienic, unsightly and anti-social.
‘Always carry something to clear up after your dog such as a “poop scoop” or “poo pod” to place used bags inside and which can be easily attached to a dogs lead. I am a dog owner myself and use these as it’s a convenient place to store bags of dog waste while walking in the countryside.’
Kingley Vale is known for its ancient yew trees, which are among the oldest living things in Britain.
To report problems with dog fouling or provide details of offenders call (01243) 534734.
Alternatively, visit chichester.gov.uk