As part of ongoing work to keep the district clean and safe, Dover District Council, in partnership with a leading bag dispensing station company, is installing 15 new dog waste bag dispensers, with the first one in Marke Wood Recreation Ground, Walmer.
A range of locations has been identified for the new TiksPac dispensers, which are due to be installed over the next few weeks, to provide dog walkers with free bags to pick up after their pets. The scheme is funded by sponsorship from businesses and organisations, and the dispensers feature a display board, which allows companies to support the project by displaying their logo.
Dog fouling is not only unpleasant, but is dangerous. Whilst rare, contact with dog excrement can cause toxocariasis. Anyone who fails to pick up after their dog can be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £75, and if the case goes to court, individuals can end up with a bill of up to £1,000.
Dover District Council continues to work to inform and educate people about the need to pick up after their pets. We continue to carry out enforcement patrols and to prosecute irresponsible dog owners where appropriate. This follows a wide ranging campaign to help raise awareness, under #Dontdumpindoverdistrict
The locations set for the dispensers are: Barton Footpath, Dover; Connaught Park (2); Kearsney Abbey (2); Elms Vale Park, Dover; Town Walk, Sandwich (2); Victoria Park, Deal; Marke Wood Recreation Ground, Walmer; Seafront Promenade near Deal Pier; Russell Gardens; Bushy Ruff; North Deal Recreation Ground; and Pencester Gardens in Dover.
Cllr Nicholas Kenton, DDC Cabinet Member for Environment said: “We’re very pleased to be working with TiksPac, who have been working successfully with other local authorities. This is a great opportunity to work with communities and local businesses to keep our district clean and safe for everyone.”
For more details on environmental enforcement, please our environment pages or for more information on TiksPac, please see the TiksPac site.
Posted on 17 January 2019