Dog poo bag dispensers latest weapon in bid to tidy up Carlisle

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Carlisle City Council launches the new bag dispenser for dog owners
Carlisle City Council launches the new bag dispenser for dog owners

The latest battle in the war on dog fouling in Carlisle has been launched.

New bag dispensers, for people to use so they can clear up after their pets, will soon be available in two areas in the city.

Two are being installed - one in Denton Holme and another in Stanwix - later this month.

The trial has been set up by Carlisle City Council as part of its Keep Carlisle Clean campaign.

It is the latest move in a bid to tackle the scourge of dog mess and fly-tipping around the city.

The council's efforts to crack down on offenders and stamp out the issue has recently led to a number of prosecutions in the magistrates' court.

The latest signage includes a message to dog owners and warns them that they could be fined if they do not ‘bag and bin’ their dog’s waste.

Dog owners will be able to pick up free biodegradable bags from the dispenser.

Chris Southward, the authority's portfolio holder for environment and transport, said: “We want to Keep Carlisle Clean.

"The new dog poo bag dispensers will be installed in a couple of trial areas and if they prove useful and reduce the amount of dog fouling, we will look to extend the initiative to other parts of the district.

"No community should have to put up with streets and green spaces polluted with dog fouling.

"Not only is it a health hazard, it is also an unsightly mess.

"We need residents and businesses to work alongside us to tackle litter, dog fouling and other anti-social behaviour.”

To report dog fouling, email Carlisle City Council at customerservices@carlisle.gov.uk or alternatively call 01228 817200.

The penalty for not clearing up dog fouling can be up to £1,000.

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  , Monday, 20 March, 2017 at 8:32PM
Seriously, so non dog owners are now funding selfish, lazy dog owners.
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Ron   Kelton , Belle Vue South Monday, 20 March, 2017 at 3:52PM
I am afraid your efforts to stop this vile practice are weak, and always have been. The fine of a £1000 should be mandatory, no ifs or buts, These people know they should pick up and bin it, they don't do so because they don't give a damn.
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Simon   Titterington , Carlisle Monday, 20 March, 2017 at 12:44PM
More money wasted by the council. Do they really think dog owners that can't be bothered to pick up after their dogs are going to bother using this service. Poo bags aren't extortionate and they don't use them.
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