The Council have already held several information days in the parks across the borough and next week the Community Protection Team will be in Montpellier Gardens on Monday, 15th April, and Winston Churchill Memorial Garden on Tuesday, 16th April. The team will be in the gardens from 7.30am to 5pm on each of the days.
The Community Protection Team will be providing advice to dog owners and will also be offering free micro-chipping for dogs as well as patrolling the parks to ensure the area is clear from any dog fouling. The team will be based at a gazebo, handing out advisory leaflets. They will also be happy to discuss any issues park users may have.
Brian Daughtrey, Community Protection Officer, said: “We want to seek the co-operation of dog owners to prevent fouling of public areas. Dog fouling is an issue across the borough and the best way to stop this is to have a presence in our parks so we can remind dog owners to clean up after their dogs. We also want to encourage responsible dog ownership and so will be offering free micro-chipping on these days. Micro-chipping is a perfectly safe way to make sure that a pet is identifiable and provides peace of mind for pet owners.”
Councillor Peter Jeffries, Cabinet Member for Housing, Safety and Communities, added: “Our parks and open spaces are enjoyed by many residents and visitors to our town. It’s important we keep them a safe and clean place for all users to enjoy so it’s great to see our community protection team in the gardens, providing advice and encouraging responsible dog ownership.”