A WOTTON man has been fined more than £200 for failing to have his dog on a lead. 

Geoffrey Bryant, aged 66, of Mill Lane, Falfield, Wotton-under-Edge, failed to ensure his pet was on a lead at the seafront promenade in Weston-super-Mare on February 17. 

This was against North Somerset Council’s Public Space Protection Order which requires dogs to be on leads. 

Gazette Series: Seafront promenade in Weston-super-MareSeafront promenade in Weston-super-Mare (Image: Google)

Bryant did not attend court but did enter a guilty plea in his absence, which was accepted by the North Somerset Magistrates' Court at a hearing on September 2. 

He was fined £40 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £34 plus costs of £150. 

Bryant was ordered by the court to pay the full amount of £224 in full by September 27.

Speaking after the case, a North Somerset Council spokesperson said: “Robust enforcement of Public Space Protection Orders is a key part of the action we’re taking to clean up our local area and make North Somerset a greener place to be. 

“We hope our partnership with local authority support and enforcement of the PSPOs will lead to a reduction of overall offending. More information can be found on our website.” 

The council spokesperson added that the defendant has now moved address and lives in Weston-super-Mare.