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Eversley Parish Council

Dog mess is an eyesore and a health hazard. If you are a dog owner, you have a legal duty to clean up every time your dog messes in a public place. In response to public concern and to reflect the trend amongst many responsible dog owners, the District Council has now made it an offence under the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 not to clear up immediately after your dog has fouled. Dog fouling in public areas is anti-social. Dog waste is associated with a number of diseases including toxicarasis. Toxocara is a roundworm commonly found in dogs, and almost all puppies. Eggs from the roundworm are found in dog waste, where they can pose a health risk, particularly to small children.

 

Chalk paint is the latest weapon being deployed by many Councils in the long-running battle against the menace of dog fouling. It is being used to highlight the irresponsible behaviour of a minority of owners who fail to clear up after their pets. A team of Volunteers supported by Eversley Parish Council will be spraying the areas with Eco friendly YELLOW Chalk paint to highlight the problem. This is all part of our “Stop Dog Fouling “campaign aimed at drawing people’s attention to the dog control orders now in force and reducing the problem of fouling, which remains a problem for many local communities.

The target areas that have been reported and currently being patrolled by the dog warden will be Kingsley Road, the area in front of Charles Kingsley School and footpath, Chequers Green play area and Centre Green play area.  This is to highlight the extent of the problem and the effect it has on the district’s open spaces. This is an issue that is raised repeatedly by residents. By using the yellow spray chalk in this way we’re looking to underline the extent of the problem. We hope that this will encourage dog owners who don’t pick the mess up to see how much their selfishness spoils other people’s enjoyment of our open spaces.

Volunteers will be carrying out regular patrols of the worst affected areas and working with the Local Dog Warden to combat this problem of dog fouling.

Please be a responsible dog owner, clean up after your dog, and use the litter bins to dispose of it, do not hang the bag on a fence or leave on the footpath.  If there is no bin where you are walking take it home and dispose of it. If you wish to report someone not clearing up after their dog or if you are aware of particular areas with dog fouling problems please contact Eversley Parish Council eversley.clerk@virginmedia.com or the dog warden service at Hart District Council 01252 774421 so that they can investigate.

BAG IT, BIN IT AND KEEP OUR COMMUNITY CLEAN