DOG WALKERS along Love Lane, Hedon may have seen – or even used – the dog poop bag dispenser located at the top of the lane? The dispenser system has been piloted by Hedon Town Council in efforts to reduce dog fouling incidents in an area considered a ‘hot spot’ for the problem.
The dispenser holds packs of strong, durable and degradable ‘dog gloves’ which are specially designed for the task. And whilst responsible dog owners always take collecting their dog’s mess seriously, there are occasions when the lack of a poop bag leads to the mess being left.
Councillor David Thompson, himself a dog walker, has promoted the system and says that a visual study of the area since the dispenser was installed has shown an improved situation along Love Lane. He is so impressed with the results that he has suggested the pilot be extended to cover another ‘hot spot’ area.
At the Town Council’s budget meeting next week it is to be proposed that because of the promising results finance is found to provide a dispenser in the Westlands area.
Dog fouling remains one of the biggest points of complaint regularly received by any local council! The vandal-resistant, poop bag dispenser would seem a relatively low-cost and low maintenance option (less than £100 to buy, plus installation costs and regular buying of supplies) to reduce incidents – but critics would argue that the onus should be on dog-walkers to provide their own bags and enforcement measures taken to prosecute those that allow their dogs to foul the streets and public places.
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