THE HIGH number of dog waste bins in Hailsham is helping to ensure the town’s parks, play areas and open spaces are kept clean.
Hailsham Town Council currently maintains 32 dog waste bins in Hailsham, including Common Pond, Western Road Recreation Ground, Hailsham Country Park, and those on the Battle Road and Phoenix Close play areas and various public open spaces throughout the town.
The emptying of dog waste bins is carried out by town council employees twice a week all year round and during the year, reviews and enhancements to the service are discussed where possible.
Councillor Steve McAuliffe said, “Dog waste is a regular concern for our residents and a growing expense for the council.
“The council understands that, while the majority of dog owners and walkers dispose of dog waste in a responsible manner, it is the actions of a few irresponsible people who fail to pick up dog waste and display a disregard for other people, public health and the environment in the process.
“Leaving your dog faeces also spreads canine diseases and irresponsible dog owners are therefore endangering other dogs.
“The town council prides itself in maintaining a clean and safe environment for residents and I would encourage all residents to do their part by continuing to help keep the town’s open spaces and footpaths clean and free of dog waste.
To report a damaged, vandalised or overflowing dog waste bin, contact the town council on 841702 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reports of overflowing bins will be investigated and an extra empty will be arranged if necessary.
Members of the public who wish to make a request for additional dog waste bins to be installed on land currently owned or maintained by the town council can do so by calling 841702.
All requests are considered, however they will be subject to the availability of sufficient resources to the council to supply, install, empty and maintain them.