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Braintree: Witham Town Council to trial free dog poo bags
5:00pm Thursday 26th September 2013 in News
Braintree Council will not replenish its stock of free dog poo bags after there was little proof it changed the behaviour of irresponsible owners.
The council spent around £4,000 on 570,000 bags between July 2010 and August 2011 but will not reorder the bags once the stock runs out.
A council spokesman said: “The Council’s primary role in relation to dog fouling is to promote responsible ownership through education and enforcement; it is not to help fund individual lifestyle choices using Council Tax payers money.
“With regards to the supply of free dog poo bags in relation to dog fouling campaigns, there is no hard evidence to suggest that the provision of free bags changes irresponsible owners’ behaviour. In fact it is likely those who requested bags were the responsible owners, those who did pick up after their dog.”
But Witham Town Council will continue the scheme and has allocated a budget of £318 for a 12 month trial.
Jane Coleman, deputy town clerk for Witham, said: “If you don’t offer the free bags, it’s very hard to say whether people aren’t picking up the mess because they can’t afford them. We will be looking into it to see if there is still a problem in a year.”
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