Renewed efforts are under way to help clear up the dirty business of dog fouling. Councillors agreed today to trial the use of dog waste dispensers in the hope that the mess left behind by man’s best friend can be dealt with.
Four dog waste dispensers will be bought and kept stocked with dog waste bags for 12 months. They will be placed on paths at the Clickimin and the Knab.
The decision to push ahead with the 12-month trial came after a report by head of the council’s environmental health, Maggie Sandison, was put before members of the environment and transport committee.
Free dog waste bags have, in fact, been available before. In April last year the council decided to stop giving out the bags as part of an exercise to trim £1,000 from the environmental health budget.
However, the bags are coming back after a company, which was involved in a pollution incident, made a £500 donation as a goodwill gesture after paying for the clear-up.
Should the donation fail to provide sufficient packs to service the units for the full 12-month period, the trial will be evaluated sooner and the results reported back to councillors at an earlier date.
During the meeting there was discussion among members about the importance of enforcement. Anyone caught failing to dispose of their dog waste could face a £40 fixed penalty, rising to £60 if it goes unpaid.
“The intention is to see if the provision of the bags where people walk their dogs makes a difference to the level of fouling in the area,” Mrs Sandison said.