Policies & Documents

Millbrook Parish Council Weed Control Policy

Weed control is needed to prevent blockages to gutters and storm drains and to protect road and pavement surfaces from damage.

Weed control will be limited to man-made surfaces, pavements, paved
areas, gutters and gravelled areas.

The only possible exception to this would be to eradicate invasive species such as Japanese knot weed with specific treatment.

The Parish Council favours hand-weeding by volunteers and council staff as the prime method of weed control.

If further weed control is required the Parish Council reserves the right to use approved herbicide subject to the following:

  • Only materials approved by the Government code of practice for use in public areas will be used.
  • Such materials will not be used near streams and water courses.
  • Warning signs will be displayed when herbicides are being applied.
  • Herbicide will only be applied by suitably equipped trained operatives who hold the relevant qualifications.
  • A record of all herbicide use detailing date, time, location and area covered is held by the Parish Council.
  • All appropriate health and safety regulations will be followed.

16th February 2016


Dog fouling

The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 empowered local authorities to implement Dog Control Orders, after appropriate consultation.  Dog Control Orders may restrict where you can walk your dog (on or off the lead) and how many dogs you can walk at one time. Dog Control Orders made it an offence if a person in charge of a dog failed to clean up its faeces. Designated land is any land that is open to the air and to which the public are permitted to have access by way of payment or not. See dog fouling for more information, or report dog fouling  to the Council.

Cornwall Council have introduced a Dog Fouling Order that covers all of Cornwall. This is to ensure all areas of Cornwall have the same levels of enforcement for dog fouling.

Failing to clean up after your dog has fouled will result in a fixed penalty being issued. This is for £100 or prosecution where, if found guilty, you would face a maximum fine of £1000.

We only have a limited number of Dog Welfare and Enforcement Officers in Cornwall.

However, there are a number of other officers who are able to issue fixed penalties. Many of these are not uniformed officers. Most PCSOs can also issue fixed penalties. This means that there is a relatively high chance that you will be caught should you not clear up after your dog has fouled.

Millbrook Parish Council has a Service Level Agreement with Torpoint Town Council for the services of their Dog Enforcement Officer.
SLA with Torpoint Town Council | Millbrook Parish Council (millbrook-pc.gov.uk)


It is not an excuse in law that you were not aware of the fact that the dog had fouled. You can be held responsible even if you did not see the incident, or if it is witnessed whilst your dog is straying.