IN June 2014, Hedon Town Council piloted a scheme to tackle dog fouling by installing a dog poop-bag dispenser in one of the dog fouling hotspot areas in the town. The vandal-resistant dispensers deliver a dog glove bag so that dog owners who have forgotten to bring a dog bag of their own, can clear up after their animals.
Eight months later in February 2015, the council decided that the pilot scheme had been successful and ordered three more dispensers to be placed at ‘hot spots’ across Hedon.
At the last Public Participation Meeting of Hedon Town Council, the Hedon Blog asked councillors if they considered the dispenser scheme a success, and whether it was something that could be recommended to other town and parish councils. Most of the replies from councillors were anecdotal but did give a positive thumbs up to the dispensers.
Dog fouling remains one of the biggest points of complaint regularly received by any local council! The poop bag dispenser would seem a relatively low-cost and low-maintenance option to reduce incidents – but critics on the Blog last year argued that the onus should be on dog-walkers to provide their own bags and enforcement measures taken against those that allow their dogs to foul the streets and public places. Another criticism is that although the dispensers are designed to deliver one dog glove bag at a time, some people actually take more than they need.
We are interested once again to hear residents’ experience of the dispensers, and whether you would recommend other areas to get them?
To help with background information on the dispensers, we have put a link to the Cheshire based suppliers below which provides information about the dispensers and the costs involved in their installation and keeping them supplied. We are sure that other councils and organisations will find this of interest.